Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two (aghrivaine) wrote,
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two

Poetry Apotheosis

Here is an article, by one of my favorite poets, about one of my favorite poets: Billy Collins, "Is That a Poem? - The Case for E.E. Cummings"

Oddly, he doesn't mention "Somewhere I have never travelled" - a personal favorite, and the sort of work that gives a Chinese lunch-special treatment to Modernity and Romanticism - one choice from each column. (Plus eggroll, white rice and soup.) In a work about the modern relevance of e.e. - and specifically mention the sort of works that "are kept breathing due to the life-support systems of anthologies and textbooks" - to neglect "Somewhere" as "a signature number" seems like a major oversight. True, e.e. might have been best known for typographical hijinks, but he amply demonstrated his mastery of the classical forms. He just didn't care to focus on them.

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