Sorry people - somehow I postponed instead of sending this yesterday. Guest poem sent in by Pavithra Krishnan
cummings was perhaps one of the first poets to play around with the visual impact of poetry on paper. with his airy disregard for the upper case alphabet, daring line arrangements andunusualpunctuation---- cummings ran the Experimenter's risk of being labelled a gimmicks-guy. 'Buffalo Bill ' is one of cummings' better known pieces. a tribute to the dead cowboy and folk legend, this poem is typical cummings. i love the way he gives you this man's life in a few deceptively casual pen strokes, the way his spacebar stops working just when he needs that non-stop effect, the way he uses blank space to hold awe,reverence- and muted grief. the direct address at the end is poignant. perfect. Pavithra Krishnan.