Books: the latest from e. e. cummings

Edward Estlin Cummings, 64 next week, is the goat-footed balloonMan of U.S. poetry, an image he himself used to describe a Pan-piping street vendor of gay toy balloons. In the weather of this poet's heart the season is spring, and as this first collection of new poems in eight years testifies, there is plenty of spring left in his lines (95 Poems; Harcourt, Brace; $4). As ever, Poet Cummings celebrates the life of feeling—love, death and the infinite sea changes of nature. Age has only slightly mellowed Cummings, has not at all curbed his typographical pretzel bending—which can...

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