Selections for April 17, 2013 Boulder Great Books Discussion Group meeting:


Margaret Atwood, Helen of Troy Does Counter Dancing

Billy Collins, Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes
       A Terry Gross Fresh Air interview with Collins for reference.

e e cummings in Complete Poems 1904-1962, edited by G.J. Firmage:

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond (page 367 and audio read by cummings),

what if a much of a which of a wind (page 560),

since feeling is first (page 291) [errata for link: ‘- -> –’, ‘other; then -> other:then’, ‘laugh, leaning -> laugh,leaning’],

who knows if the moon's (page 202) [errata for link, the last verse should be shaped like:
                  Spring)and everyone's
in love and flowers pick themselves ]

seeker of truth (page 775).

You can also hear cummings read some of his poetry on CD. Through Prospector, search for ‘cummings voice of the poet sound recording’.


Thanks Stuart, for the e e cummings choices!


Note: all of the poems for this discussion can be found in printable form at


This is, last updated April 17, 2013.