MS Am 1892.5 (371), sheet 1, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Used with Permission, Copyright © by the Trustees for the E.E. Cummings Trust
MS Am 1892.5 (371), sheet 1, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Used with Permission, Copyright © by the Trustees for the E.E. Cummings Trust
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In the foreword to Is 5, Cummings discusses his “Making obsession” that involves a “precision which creates movement” (CP 231). In this erotically charged poem, a sexual-textuality definitely creates movement, but like many of Cummings’ short poems, it took many drafts (60+) to get it “just so.”