Wednesday, December 01, 2004

E.E. Cummings Rediscovered?

Not one of my favorite poets, but an interesting attempt to reclaim him. Best quote:

[Cummings] once said, "Poets and artists, especially in America, make me sick. What right has such a beggar to take on airs? I have no more interest or respect for a man because he can write a poem or paint a picture that can hang in the Louvre than I have for a man because he can fix the plumbing or design a beautiful motor car.

"I make poems because it is the thing I know how to do best. In fact, it's about the only thing I know how to do. America doesn't want poems badly enough to make it a profitable business to be engaged in."

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