i like my body when it is with your

Original Text: 
Complete Poems 1904-1962 (New York: Liveright, 1991): 218. PS 3505.U334A17 1991 Robarts Library. Previously published in "Sonnets Actualities XXIV," & (New York: privately printed, 1925): 116. Firmage A4a, Berg Collection, New York Public Library
2body. It is so quite new a thing.
3Muscles better and nerves more.
4i like your body. i like what it does,
5i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
6of your body and its bones,and the trembling
7-firm-smooth ness and which i will
8again and again and again
9kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
10i like,slowly stroking the,shocking fuzz
11of your electric fur,and what-is-it comes
12over parting flesh....And eyes big love-crumbs,
13and possibly i like the thrill
14of under me you so quite new

Notes

1] Cummings wrote this poem for Elaine Thayer (Richard F. Kennedy, in Dreams in the Mirror: A Biography of E. E. Cummings [New York: Liveright, 1980]: 194-95). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1925
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2000, revised 2006
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