When I teach poetry, I always include ee cummings. I include him for several reasons. First, he was a pretty good poet. Second. junior high students worry too much about style and conventions. Third, he was a rebel and junior high students like rebels. Fourth, and I doubt it is last, he had something important to say like all good rebels.
I am not sure our schedule. We leave within the hour and will be on the road most of tomorrow. If I do not find my way back to the Internet, I wish you all a good New Year.
you shall above all things be glad and young.
For if you`re young, whatever life you wear
it will become you;and if you are glad
whatever`s living will yourself become.
Girlboys may nothing more than boygirls need;
i can entirely her only love
whose any mystery makes every man`s
flesh put space;and his mind take off time
that you should every think, may god forbid
and(in his mercy)your true lover spare:
for that way knowledge lies,the foetal grave
called progress,and negation`s dead undoom.
I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing
then teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.