Pacifist and innovative stylist, Edward Estlin Cummings was born in 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A structural non-conformist, Cummings self-published until the counterculture of the 50's and 60's discovered him. "as is the sea marvelous" as is the sea marvelous from god’s hands which sent her forth to sleep upon the world and the earth withers the moon crumbles one by one stars flutter into dust but the sea does not change and she goes forth out of hands and she returns into hands and is with sleep…. love, the breaking of your soul upon my lips "O sweet spontaneous" O sweet spontaneous earth how often have the doting fingers of prurient philosophers pinched and poked thee has the naughty thumb of science prodded thy beauty . how often have religions taken thee upon their scraggy knees squeezing and buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive gods (but true to the incomparable couch of death thy rhythmic lover thou answerest them only with spring)
presence and attention
A reminder from Franz Kafka:
You do not need to leave your room.
remain sitting at your table and listen.
Don’t even listen. Simply wait.
Don’t even wait. Be still and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself to you
to be unmasked, it has no choice.
It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.