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1 x 1 (one times one) /

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Other Authors: Firmage, George James.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Liveright, 2002
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SUMMARY

Cummings's ninth book of poems, One Times One, was first published in 1944. The poems in One Times One have as their theme "oneness and the means (one times one) whereby that oneness is achieved--love," in the words of Cummings's biographer Richard S. Kennedy. Besides new expressions of universal concerns, Cummings writes here in a lyric and optimistic mode, drawing portraits of people dear to him in New Hampshire and New York City's Greenwich Village. This new edition joins other individual uniform Liveright paperback volumes drawn from the Complete Poems, most recently Etcetera and 22 and 50 Poems.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

George James Firmage
INonsun blob ap. 1
IINeither could sayp. 2
IIIIt's over a(see justp. 3
IVOf all the blessings which to manp. 4
VSquints a blondp. 5
VIMy(his from daughter's mother's zero mindp. 6
VIIYgUDuhp. 7
VIIIApplaws)p. 8
IXA salesman is an it that stinks Excusep. 9
XA politician is an arse uponp. 10
XIMr u will not be missedp. 11
XIIIt was a goodly cop. 12
XIIIPlato toldp. 13
XIVPity this busy monster, manunkindp. 14
XV("Fire stop thief help murder save the world"p. 15
XVIOne's not half two. It's two are halves of onep. 16
XVIIOne(Floatingly)arrivep. 17
XVIIIAs any(men's hells having wrestled with)p. 18
XIXWhen you are silent,shining host by guestp. 19
XXWhat if a much of a which of a windp. 20
XXIDead every enormous piecep. 21
XXIINo man,if men are gods;but if gods mustp. 22
XXIIILove is a spring at whichp. 23
XXIV(Once like a spark)p. 24
XXVWhat over and which underp. 25
XXVIWhen god decided to inventp. 26
XXVIIOld mr lyp. 27
XXVIIIRain or hailp. 28
XXIXLet it go--thep. 30
XXXHello is what a mirror saysp. 31
XXXIA-p. 32
XXXIII've come to ask you if there isn't ap. 33
XXXIIIOpen green thosep. 34
XXXIVNothing false and possible is lovep. 35
XXXVExcept in yourp. 36
XXXVITrue lovers in each happening of their heartsp. 38
XXXVIIWe love each other very dearly ,morep. 39
XXXVIIIYes is a pleasant countryp. 40
XXXIXAll ignorance toboggans into knowp. 41
XLDarling!because my blood can singp. 42
XLIHowp. 43
XLIIMight these be thrushes climbing through almost(do theyp. 44
XLIIIIf(amongp. 45
XLIVThese(whom;pretendsp. 46
XLVI think you like"p. 47
XLVIOpen your heartp. 48
XLVIIUntil and i heardp. 49
XLVIIISo isn't small one littest whyp. 50
XLIXTrees were in(givep. 51
LWhich is the veryp. 52
LI"Sweet spring is yourp. 53
LIILife is more true than reason will deceivep. 54
LIIIO by the byp. 55
LIVIf everything happens that can't be donep. 56
Dedicationp. 58
Afterwordp. 59


AUTHOR NOTES

A Harvard University graduate, e e cummings lived in Greenwich Village and spent his summers on a farm in New Hampshire. He was born on October 14, 1894, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While working for the American Red Cross in France in 1917, cummings was mistakenly imprisoned for several months. This experience resulted in the publication of a novel, The Enormous Room (1922). Although he went on to write other prose, it is for his poetry that he is best known. He also published plays, wrote a ballet, and was a respected painter. He was awarded many honors for his work, including the 1958 Bollingen Prize for poetry and the National Book Award in 1955.

Although he used many techniques to stress his meaning, he wrote about the traditional subjects of love, nature, and the corrupting influence of materialism. cummings delivered lectures while at Harvard in 1952; in that same year, he was awarded an honorary seat as a guest professor. He also wrote the delightful commentaries for the 50 photographs in Adventures in Value by his wife, Marion Morehouse, a fine and sensitive photographer

cummings died of a stroke on September 3, 1962, at the age of 67 in North Conway, New Hampshire at the Memorial Hospital. His cremated remains were buried in Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory in Boston.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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