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Edward Estlin Cummings (1894 – 1962), popularly known as E. E. Cummings, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. His body of work encompasses hundreds of poems, two novels, four plays and several essays, as well as numerous drawings and paintings. He is remembered as a preeminent voice of 20th century poetry, as well as one of the most popular.


Cummings' publishers and others have sometimes echoed the unconventional orthography in his poetry by writing his name in lower case and without periods. Cummings himself used both the lowercase and capitalized versions, but according to his widow did not, as reported in the preface of one book, have his name legally changed to "e e cummings". He did, however, once write to his French translator that he preferred the capitalized version. One Cummings scholar believes that on the occasions Cummings signed his name in all-lowercase, the poet may have intended it as a gesture of humility, and not as an indication that it was the preferred orthography for others to use for his name.


source: wiki


One of the poems on the bench (they are on both sides):


i have found what you are like

the rain,


(Who feathers frightened fields

with the superior dust-of-sleep. wields


easily the pale club of the wind

and swirled justly souls of flower strike


the air in utterable coolness


deeds of green thrilling light

with thinned


newfragile yellows




-in the woods







And the coolness of your smile is

stirringofbirds between my arms;but

i should rather than anything

have(almost when hugeness will shut


your kiss


This bench can be found alongside a tributary of the Willamette River off route 34 near the Harrison Boulevard Bridge.

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Taken on October 16, 2008