brand new…

It’s a NEW YEAR…everything is new again, friends. One of my favorite poets is e.e. cummings. I make no apology for my love of his strange wordpairings, odd line breaks and slippery punctuation. I just love it. I love it all. Bring it, I say. Bring it now. Today in honor of poetry tuesday I will share with you one of his poems…the one that completely undoes me each time I read it. Read it slowly, out loud if you can swing it…and maybe a few times through…you know, depending on how you’re feeling.

she being Brand…
e.e. cummings

she being Brand

-new;and you
know consequently a
little stiff i was
careful of her and(having

thoroughly oiled the universal
joint tested my gas felt of
her radiator made sure her springs were O.

K.)i went right to it flooded-the-carburetor cranked her

up,slipped the
clutch(and then somehow got into reverse she
kicked what
the hell)next
minute i was back in neutral tried and

again slo-wly;bare,ly nudg. ing(my

lev-er Right-
oh and her gears being in
A 1 shape passed
from low through
second-in-to-high like
greasedlightning)just as we turned the corner of Divinity

avenue i touched the accelerator and give

her the juice,good


was the first ride and believe i we was
happy to see how nice she acted right up to
the last minute coming back down by the Public
Gardens i slammed on

brakes Bothatonce and

brought allofher tremB
to a:dead.



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