Saturday Poem


she being Brand / -new  (1926)
E. E. Cummings (1894-1962)

she being Brand

-new;and you
know consequently a
little stiff i was
careful of her and(having

thoroughly oiled the universal
joint tested my gas felt of
her radiator made sure her springs were O.

K.)i went right to it flooded-the-carburetor cranked her

up,slipped the
clutch(and then somehow got into reverse she
kicked what
the hell)next
minute i was back in neutral tried and

again slo-wly;bare,ly nudg. ing(my

lev-er Rightoh
and her gears being in
A 1 shape passed
from low through
second-in-to-high like
greasedlightning)just as we turned the corner of Divinity

avenue i touched the accelerator and give

her the juice,good


was the first ride and believe i we was
happy to see how nice she acted right up to
the last minute coming back down by the Public
Gardens i slammed on

brakes Bothatonce and

brought allofher tremB
to a:dead.



I can remember when I was introduced to this poem.  It was in a cheesy, 80’s movie named Plain Clothes.  The guy in the movie read it aloud in his English class and, with me being a teenager, the poem hit me like a ton of bricks.  I’ve never forgotten the feeling of hearing a poem that was so suggestive.  It went against everything I thought poetry was supposed to be.  I remember I went to the library to try to find a book of poetry by EE Cummings and in so doing, found a new type of poetry that was extremely liberating.  I haven’t thought of this poem in quite a while, but starting the “Saturday Poem” on my blog made me remember it.  I hope maybe this poem will pique someone’s interest and inspire them to delve a bit deeper into poetry.


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