"supposing i dreamed this)" by e.e. cummings. from Is 5 (1926)
Note: Cummings didn’t title a lot of his poetry, so like many untitled poems anthologized, the first line becomes the title. The thing with Cummings is that his first lines are probably the most important.
Do you see that end parenthesis in the first line? Punctuation is a powerful thing in Estlin’s poems. Get lost in the dream sequencing between stanzas and lines until the end when you get to the open parenthesis:
…(around and around which a poor wind will roam
Then connect to the beginning:
(around and around which a poor wind will roam supposing i dreamed this)
Cummings is a trickster. He has caught you in the infinite loop of a dream poem. People probably don’t pick up on this much, but don’t disregard anything you read by him—maybe it’s not always “random.”
Wolf Strache considered this iconic image taken during WWII one of his best photographs and it has become a symbol of that time. The original negative was confiscated shortly after its production and Strache made another negative in the 1970s with which he made later prints. The sign advertising the film Reise in die Vergangenheit (Trip to the Past) makes the image all the more poignant. (+)