America makes prodigious mistakes, America has cummings thoroughly and perfectlyannihilated by that vast and painful process of Unthinking which may result in a minutebitof purelypersonal Feeling.Whichminutebit is Art. colossal faults, but onething cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still.
"You damn sadist!" said mr. cummings , "you try to make people think."ezra pound
Johnny Ramone (aka John cummings)
What about the world, Mr cummings? I live in so many: which one do you mean?
Many a writer has spent his life putting his favorite words in all the places they belong; but how many, like [E.E.] cummings, have spent their lives putting their favorite words in all the places they don’t belong, thus discovering many effects that no one had even realized were possible?Randall Jarrell
The round-square may be impossible, but we believe in it because it is impossible. [E.E.] cummings is a very great expert in all these, so to speak, illegal syntactical devices: his misuse of parts of speech, his use of negative prefixes, his word-coining, his systematic relation of words that grammar and syntax don’t permit us to relate all this makes him a magical bootlegger or moonshiner of language, one who intoxicates us on a clear liquor no government has legalized with its stamp.Randall Jarrell