e.e. cummings on Poetry

"Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter!" - Yoda

…so far as I am concerned,

poetry and every other art

was and is and forever will be

strictly and distinctly a question of individuality…

poetry is being, not doing.

If you wish to follow,

even at a distance,

the poet’s calling

(and here, as always, I speak from my own totally biased and entirely personal point of view)

you’ve got to come out of the measurable doing universe

into the immeasurable house of being…

Nobody else can be alive for you;

nor can you be alive for anybody else.

Toms can be Dicks and Dicks can be Harrys,

but none of them can ever be you.

There’s the artist’s responsibility;

and the most awful responsibility on earth.

If you can take it, take it–and be.

If you can’t, cheer up

and go about other people’s business;

and do (or undo)

till you drop.

"Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter" - Yoda


Generally just Being. Nothing in particular, no claims to fame. I like gardening and the sea, nature, art in all forms from poetry to films and everything in between, and being in the company of my family.

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