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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

lurch and.press

-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.

Paulo Rui Martins, I'm a changer, and 42 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. cupeiroalberto 65 months ago | reply

    Me gusta el detalle de la hoja , un saludo

  2. kerrins_giraffe 65 months ago | reply

    Tony what a great find. It is so pretty.

    Seen in my contacts' photos.(>?<)

  3. smokejmt 65 months ago | reply

    Yep... it's purple. Nice one, Tony!

  4. turtlemom4bacon 65 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called www.flickr.com/groups/418199@N25/, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Neat bench photo and a great find, Tony!!!

    Seen in
    ***FLICKRPEDIA*** House of Knowledge

  5. Paulo Rui Martins 65 months ago | reply

    Beautiful Photographs & Friendly People

    Add 1 – Comment 1

  6. daretoaffirm [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

    Really great Tony!! Did you place the leaf there or was it 'serendipitous'?? Love the whole setting and the bench color

  7. billnbenj 65 months ago | reply

    Great find,Tony and,as always,the back up information is superlative.

  8. ***Yuna*** 65 months ago | reply

    Seen in
    ***FLICKRPEDIA*** House of Knowledge

    So interesting about his name = )

  9. Just Kimberlee 65 months ago | reply

    Absolutely amazing! Great image! Bravo!

  10. Lynda W1 65 months ago | reply

    Nice shot. Very interesting

    Just One Look!

  11. http://TheConcreteJungleBook.com 65 months ago | reply

    Fine photo, thanks.
    cummings wrote a novel worth reading, too, called the enormous room

  12. aliona's photos 65 months ago | reply

    Love the purple of the bench! Beautiful autumn composition!

  13. DoodleDancer 64 months ago | reply

    greatness personified! ;~)

  14. purplenoel 64 months ago | reply


    I saw this in the 10+ Faves group and Faved it.

  15. L'habitant 63 months ago | reply

    Any man who loves e e cummngs is sound enough for me. Brilliant photos in the stream. Best wishes from London, England.

  16. MadreMia!!! [deleted] 59 months ago | reply

    Trying to start a new group for images relating to e.e. cummings. We would love to have this added to the pool.

    ~Looks Like Poetry~

    You are invited to add this image
    *Ode through Images: e.e. cummings*

  17. Tony Fischer Photography 59 months ago | reply






    "l(a... (a leaf falls on loneliness)"

    by e.e.cummings

    - thus, the leaf, which I found on the bench!

  18. wimdejonge 58 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called bookends, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    This is the first time I wanted to put a park bench in my home.

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