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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 portrai ...more
Paperback, 60 pages
Published August 17th 2002 by Liveright (first published 1944)
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Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
a politician is an arse upon
which everyone has sat except a man.

E.E. Cummings, 1 x 1, "X"


Review these poems will
come tomorrow if, for
now cross-eye faced to
warm bed unmade with
duct tape (to increase
my chances thru 5+ hours)
shut I with a desperate
hope for rest (not eternal).

So heart keep beating find,
& lungs breathe God's 1st favor,
until and headaches blind
release me on good behavior.

Favorite Poem from this book:


all ignorance toboggans into know
and trudges u
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
we're anything brighter than even the sun
(we're everything greater
than books
might mean)
we're everyanything more than believe
(with a spin
alive we're alive)
we're wonderful one times one
- LIV (pg. 57)

Numbers play a prominent role in Cummings's poetry. Forgoing the naming of his poems, Cummings's poems are generally numbered (with few exceptions). His later collections and selections likewise forego the formality of a title, instead named for the number of poems between the covers ( 50 Poems
Rafael Montenegro-Fausto
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Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love; deconstructed.

With his uncompromising lyrical manipulation of language (and distinctly non-language), Cummings cleverly evokes childhood, innocence, spring, each with the diligence prescribed by concept and the simplicity echoed by thought. Each word, each punctuation, each empty space and occupied space, unite to demonstrate the intricacy of the mind, the passion of oneness. And beyond his ability to mimic the mind and the emotions, Cummings uses language to paint the paradox of 'what is
Mike Jensen
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
cummings seems all over the place with this book. It has some of the most inventive rhymes I have seen, uses wonderful beats (they are more beats than rhythms), write eco-friends poems, returns to the theme of sex which he does so well, and introduces just the slightest touch of romance, which is unusual for him. I find more of these poems comprehensible than I have in the last several books. There are still too many that I cannot understand, so I nearly went with three stars, which may be what ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2012

pity this busy monster,manunkind,

(once like a spark)
if strangers meet

let it go- the smashed word broken

i've come to ask you if there isn't a

nothing false and possible is love

except in your honour, my loveliest,

we love each other very dearly ,more

if everything happens that can't be done

Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
May 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, m
My least favorite of his books so far, although I said that last time, too, I think. I liked the young Cummings much better.
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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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