e e cummings — XAIPE

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XAIPE – seventy-one poems by e e cummings. New York: Oxford University Press 1950. 8vo in publishers papercovered hardcover with silver print, title blind stamped on front and with the original rather fragile dustjacket relatively well preserved, t. i. with only some discolorations and small tears but complete with no losses. IX, 71 pages. Very good clean copy

First edition, 1st printing – on front flap: “the first major collection of his poems to appear since 1938”

“one of the most innovative poets of his time, Cummings experimented with poetic form and language to create a distinct personal style. A typical Cummings poem is spare and precise, employing a few key words eccentrically placed on the page. Some of these words were invented by Cummings, often by combining two common words into a new synthesis. He also revised grammatical and linguistic rules to suit his own purposes, using such words as “if,” “am,” and “because” as nouns, for example, or assigning his own private meanings to words. Despite their nontraditional form, Cummings’ poems came to be popular with many readers. “No one else,” Randall Jarrell claimed, “has ever made avant-garde, experimental poems so attractive to the general and the special reader”

e e cummings — XAIPE