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ee cummings – i like my body when it is with your body

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i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones, and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh … And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new

Edward Estlin Cummings

13 Responses

  1. Robyn
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    “i like my body” has always been one of my favorite poems by one of my favorite poets. And the artwork you chose for it is perfect.

    • PoetryGrrrl
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      Thank you! The poem is a longtime favorite of mine and it’s been dancing through my mind all week… when I stumbled upon that picture, I knew the two belonged together. :)

  2. Thanh-Thanh
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    Since then I have undergone a thinking innovation

    That both female and male take the same orientation.

    To appreciate your feelings, emotional and carnal blend,

    I ’ve got to meet your needs to be worth your boyfriend.

    Since then I have been using belts of quality brands

    To prevent disappointment when you’re taking off my pants.

    Under smart clothes, I have worn smooth, sleek briefs

    To satisfy your sights, excite your desire to rise to peaks.

    Since then I have cared to wash more often all right

    To prepare sweet taste for waves and winds to gain height.

    Juicy fruit, luscious stamen pure and clean in summer sun

    Is the yeast of love past tongue, through throat to run.

    Since then I have done gymnastics, diligently exercising,

    On-arms, on-knees, self-supporting, legs-bending applying.

    To reach climax in intercourse you need staying power

    Not only flex muscles, but strain nerves above all to tower.

    Since then I have taken various nutritious foods, tonics

    To be able to enjoy pleasures having in potency frolics.

    For giving and receiving must be durable with much clout,

    You cannot be worn-out, and weak, or half-in half-out.

    Since then I have played the so-called independent role

    In disregard of surroundings, just only to get you whole.

    Characteristic habits have become customary affections:

    Beyond the age of eighteen is beyond parents’ objections.


    * *

    But, as your boyfriend, I haven’t had assured rests and kips:

    To hitch up your skirts is simple as to re-define your lips.

    The prospects of family are so dimmed in the value field

    As ethic is made light of, only just for hormone to yield.


  3. Daniel Montilla
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    Look everyone, I understand that you all want to sound deep, and you want to seem like you appreciate the meaning of written word. I get the desire to feel what others feel and understand what others understand. Written/spoken word is way for those of us who have been told that we “think too much” or who are “too deep” to commune and relate to one another. We all take solace in the idea of there being another person out there, no matter how rare they may be, that thinks, or feels, or simply experiences things the way we do. Poetry and music are wonderful and important things, but that doesn’t make this poem not shit. This poem is genuinely not good. It is generic and obvious. I makes no one think or feel or attempt to stretch themselves in a way they haven’t been stretched. This poem is sub-par and as close to “meaningless” as something with meaning could possibly become. I am so utterly disappointed with this poem that it has turned me off to all poetry provided by StumbleUpon all together. If anyone who reads this thinks I am wrong, or has any examples of great and revolutionary poetry feel free to e-mail an example or complaint at dmontilla88@gmail.com. I would love to hear from anyone. I am lonely and dependent on alcohol to stay normal; human interaction is much desired. Also, I’m super drunk right now. Also, again, I have an IQ of 144, and would love to have a fulfilling conversation with anyone! Am I pathetic? Yes. Am I desperate? Yes. Someone talk to me… :-/

    • zaraleph
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      Sucks to suck. Poetry is meaningless without certain life experiences. Clearly nothing is resonating with you. Enjoy your ivory tower. With defenses like those, you’ll be safe from everything, forever.

  4. Matthew
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    I think Daniel Montilla is just being an asshole and trying to sound like some sort of poetic genius by putting down widely accepted as great pieces of literature.

  5. claire
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    Well, Dan, you have made yourself sound like a douchebag so no one really desires to have any human interaction with you. e.e. cummings may not be revolutionary poetry, but his work has provided an entire new path for poetry to follow. this poem is one of my personal favorites of his, with his poem “since feeling is first” being my absolute favorite. and just because you have a high IQ, you may not understand the beauty and grace, and in this case, near eroticism of the written word. I have a high IQ and I have a passion for understanding or creating my own meaning of the written word, especially poetry. connect things to your own life. give them meaning.

  6. Michelle
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    poor dan. why is there so much hatred in the world? can’t anyone see he’s another damaged man, same as all of us?

    the poem is good and it is bad. it is beautiful and it is ugly, as is all poetry. every person on earth would see this poem in a different way than the man next to him, so that makes the poem everything. no one is right and no one is wrong.

    ***therein lies the beauty of poetry, my friends.

  7. ging
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    very realistic feelings simply expressed..love it..

  8. Natalie
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    Daniel, I think you are underestimating eecummings. In fact, I think you overlooked the main aspect of the poem. It is an inherently sexual poem, not exactly “sweet;” it focuses more on the sexual connection between two people using cliches normally utilized to describe love. It’s actually quite intelligent.

  9. Ryan
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    Here is how to enjoy the poem if you have not yet; read it literally 10 times slower (not 5 times slower). Really let your imagination run with every line of the poem. Feel what he is trying to express.

    *some lines may need 15X slower reads

  10. MS. M
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    This was hot in 1925–when it was published– it was hot when I was 25–and still hot now I am pushing 60!

    Timeless Classic…True Love Poem

    Thanh-Thanh & Daniel you guys need to get a life, and neither of you will ever anywhere close to
    e.e. Cummings…

  11. Pyrodancer
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    One of my favorites of Cummings. My hobby is to memorize poets, and because of the strange manner of his wording I have found Cummings to be slightly difficult to memorize so I only have a dozen or so of his done, but this was the first one I did twenty years ago when I was 15. I find it provacative and stirring, and when I tell it to young couples they are very often striken by it. Cummings was a strange and beautiful genius, and I agree that his poetry should be reread often for full comprehension.

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