By E. E. Cummings
"No one else has ever made avant-garde, experimental poems so appealing to either the final and the specified reader."―Randall Jarrell
The 100 and fifty-six poems the following, prepared in twelve sections and brought via E. E. Cummings's biographer, Richard S. Kennedy, contain his most well-liked poems, spanning his earliest creations, his vivacious linguistic acrobatics, as much as his final valedictory sonnets. additionally featured are 13 drawings, oils, and watercolors by means of Cummings, such a lot of them by no means prior to published.
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