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First published in 1931, ViVa contains four of E. E. Cummings' most experimental poems as well as some of his most memorable. The volume includes such no-famous celebrations as "i sing of Olaf glad and big" and "if there are any heavens my mother will (all be herself) have," along with such favorites as "Space being (don't forget to remember) Curved," "a clown's smirk in t ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published October 17th 1997 by Liveright (first published 1931)
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Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, poetry
& the whole garden will bow)
- E.E. Cummings, W(ViVa)



Some aging poems tripstrip &
other S often same staystuck
to elevate in experience Cumming's
grand playful experiments.

heart, wraps (earshandsmouth
eyes)round poems of love&loneliness
art carved in life&death, w/mother's
meter built on gardenwalls of stars.

distance falls back, graceless &hard
rheumatic memories grasp earthen cups
of poetry's hotwords & fingering counts
icefinal calories of EE's last entropy.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry

y unb

ble fore(hurry
heads are
legs think wrists

argue)short(eyes do
ban hands angle
scoot bulbs marry a become)
(to is

long door
golf slam bridge train shriek
chewing whistles hugest
morrow from smiles sin

ingly ele
vator glide pinn
acle to

rubber)tres(plants how grin
ead the

not stroll
living spawn imitate)ce(re

credo fais do
do neighbours re babies

- I

* * *

oil tel duh woil doi sez
dooyuh unnurs tanmih eesez pullih nizmus tash,oi
dough un giv uh shid
Emma Stockdale
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
if there are any heavens my mother will(all by herself)have
one. It will not be a pansy heaven nor
a fragile heaven of lilies-of-the-valley but
it will be a heaven of blackred roses

my father will be(deep like a rose
tall like a rose)

standing near my

(swaying over her
with eyes which are really petals and see

nothing with the face of a poet really which
is a flower and not a face with
which whisper
This is my beloved my

suddenly in sunlight

he will bow,

& the whole garden will bow)
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Poetry is often overrated or extremely beautiful. If you're seeking beautiful poetry, I would recommend this book. Sprinkled in through these pages are fantastic collections of words. When I find words like these, I can't explain the pleasurable feeling I get inside. Though some poems here are difficult to read, the beauty of others makes up for it immediately.
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Some of his best writing including many of his love poems. Woody Allen fans will remember the line 'not even the rain has such small hands' from Hannah & Her Sisters. A lot of very experimental poems but each poem is such a cohesive concept that I find new delightful interpretations every time I read (or I understand a bit more of what he meant each time). Whimsical, romantic & alternatingly exuberant, witty, defiant, and melancholy. "For only nobody knows where truth grows why birds fly ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2012

if there are any heavens my mother will(all by herself)have

i'd think "wonder

you in win ter who sit

come a little further- why be afraid-

lady will you come with me into

somewhere i have never traveled,gladly beyond

my darling since you and i are thoroughly haunted by

if you and i awakening discover that(somehow

nothing is more exactly terrible than

put off your faces,Death;for day is over

here is the ocean,this is moonlight:say

Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading all of e. e. Cummings. I actually own this volume and ha e read it many times. It was quite satisfying to read our in its chronological order and in context with his earlier works.
Christina Marie
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, mfa
Difficult to read, but once you hit the mid-point the syntax breaks and words flow freely and with more clarity than ever before. a good primer for cummings.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes impenetrable, always intriguing. Moving. "i sing of Olaf" on its own would earn the 5/5 rating.
Mike Jensen
As cummings poems become more obscure, I enjoy them less.
Steve Booze
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to get into the cadence of the writing style, but once there it was a beautiful ride
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Edward Estlin Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 14, 1894. He began writing poems as early as 1904 and studied Latin and Greek at the Cambridge Latin High School.

He received his BA in 1915 and his MA in 1916, both from Harvard University. His studies there introduced him to the poetry of avant-garde writers, such as Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound.

In 1917, Cummings published a
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