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Spring - October 2002

  • Subtitle: The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society
  • Issue Number: Number 11
  • Published Date: October 2002
Always been a fan of E.E. Cummings? Then Spring is the journal for you – nothing for 234 pages but essays about Cummings, poetry influenced by Cummings, and critical examinations of his life and work, with titles like “Hermetism in the Poetry of E.E. Cummings: An Analysis of Three Obscure Poems” and “Squaring the Self: Versions of Transcendentalism in The Enormous Room.” You may see how these kinds of pieces may appeal mainly to scholars of the late poet’s work, but even amateur fans of Cummings can appreciate the playful poems, like this one by Tony Quagliano called “ON BLY ON POETRY”:

In The Sixties, the mag
and the decade
Robert Bly
used to say there’s no place
for wit / or humor in poetry
those British qualities
archaic and moribund
must
be kept
out
of the possibility
of a NEW AMERICAN
POETRY, American
poets I know
are still laughing about that

I found it fascinating to examine Cummings’ poetics more closely, and by an insightful, international group of scholars. It’s been two years since a new issue appeared - hope the next one comes out soon. – JHG
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Review Posted on April 12, 2016
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