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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

October 5th, 2002

In 1894, American poet e.e. (Edward Estlin) cummings (is 5, 1926) is born in Cambridge, Mass.

E.E. Cummings, b. October 14, 1894, d. 1962

Cummings and the other writers like him (Salinger, Hesse) are for intelligent but young readers, and their works provide a real service: they give beginners something semi-substantial and “literary” to grow up from. A devotee of the inexplicable metaphor — “be unto love as rain is unto colour” — and the “poetically” erotic — “I’m thick in a hot young queen with / a twot with a twitch like kingdom come” — he’s just the ticket for bookish post-adolescents.

Suggested Reading Works Complete Poems, 1904-1961.

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