1] Later Cummings wrote that the baloonman expressed "a hint of youth and Norton's Woods" and that the poem was about spring in Cambridge, Mass. (Selected Letters of E. E. Cummings, ed. F. W. Dupee and George Stade (New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1969): 70-71, 233.
4] baloonman: balloonman (1922 ms)
6] eddieandbill: eddyandbill (1920 Dial).
12] baloonman: balloonman (1922 ms).
21] baloonman: balloonman (1922 ms).
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Original text: "Tulips," "CHANSONS INNOCENTES I," Tulips and Chimneys (New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1923): 40-41. Firmage A3a Berg Collection, New York Public Library.
First publication date: May 1920
Publication date note: Dial 68.5 (May 1920): 580.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/12
Form note: variable-length lines and stanzas
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