Poet’s Corner-May 20, 2022
Every Friday, James Blevins, this newspaper’s in-house reporter and poet—who has seen his work previously published in “Salt Hill Journal,” “Pretty Owl Poetry,” “Stoneboat Journal,” “Mud Season Review” and “AZURE,” as well as numerous other outlets both online and in print—chooses one poem for publication.
Additionally, Blevins will share a poem of his own, just for good measure, at the end of each calendar month.
[since feeling is first]
By E. E. Cummings
since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world
my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says
we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph
And death i think is no parenthesis
Edward Estlin Cummings was born on October 14, 1894, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Forerunner of the modernist free-form movement in poetry during the early 20th Century, Cummings was also an essayist, novelist and playwright. Some of his published works of poetry include “Tulips and Chimneys” (1923), “is 5” (1926), “No Thanks” (1935) and “XAIPE: Seventy-One Poems” (1950). He died of a stroke on September 3, 1962, at the age of 67.