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E.E. Cummings


Anyone know this side of Cummings?

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I had forgotten about this thread and why I had started it.

Go to sequence 31 - 45. Pull up and enlarge #s 5, 6, 9, 10, and 11. Long before the Abstract Expressionists of NYC in the fifties Cummings was going after the same and easily 25 years before. Three of the first four are devoted to bodying out sound and noise. Bodying out sound and noise. Bodying out sound and noise. What a notion. And notice what, to me at least, is the perfect compliment of colors in #6 (Sound) in contrast to #s 5 and 9 (noise). Then there is #11, his nude study. Look how he places her on a shelf overlooking what comes through for me as a waterfall abstracted, made of rock grays and water blues. This strikes me as a singular conception touched with genius.

There is a study of Cummings as a painter and the extent to which his aesthetics as a poet was influenced by his aesthetics as a visual artist. In his abstract paintings his drive to body things out in his poetry is what comes through for me.

One last note. While it is true poetry has claimed Cummings as her own property, in his life time he was better known for his painting from which he was able to make a living.

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Culdesac found this pdf on Cummings as painter. A very good source. Includes several of his paintings on sound. Thank you, arka.

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