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Short poem

e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

i like my body when it is with your

              1i like my body when it is with your
              2body. It is so quite new a thing.
              3Muscles better and nerves more.
              4i like your body. i like what it does,
              5i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
              6of your body and its bones, and the trembling
              7-firm-smooth ness and which i will
              8again and again and again
              9kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
            10i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
            11of your electric furr, and what-is-it comes
            12over parting flesh....And eyes big love-crumbs,

            13and possibly i like the thrill

            14of under me you so quite new


1] Cummings wrote this poem for Elaine Thayer (Richard F. Kennedy, in Dreams in the Mirror: A Biography of E. E. Cummings [New York: Liveright, 1980]: 194-95).

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: "Sonnets Actualities XXIV," & (New York: privately printed, 1925): 116. Firmage A4a, Berg Collection, New York Public Library.
First publication date: 14 February 1925
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/12

Form: sonnet
Rhyme: unrhyming

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