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4 Patchin Place / e.e. cummings

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 20, 2012
1. 4 Patchin Place Marker
Inscription.
4 Patchin Place
One-time home of “PoetandPainter” e.e. cummings (d. 1962) and his wife, model and photographer Marion Morehouse (d.1969)
“-- do lovers love? why then to heaven with hell. Whatever sages say and fools, all’s well”
Placed here by the e.e. cummings Society and the City of New York Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Additional marker
e.e. cummings
1894-1962
The poet and painter, who made art of commas and parentheses, lived here for the last forty years of his life. He characterized himself as “an author of pictures, a draughtsman of words.” New York Landmark Preservation Foundation.
 
Erected by New York Landmarks Preservation Commission & e.e. cummings Society.
 
Location. 40° 44.106′ N, 73° 59.967′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Patchin Place. Touch for map. Patchin Place is off of West 10th Street near the Jefferson Market Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4 Patchin Place, New York NY 10011, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jefferson Market Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Jefferson Market Garden
e.e. cummings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 20, 2012
2. e.e. cummings Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Second Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Ives (about 400 feet away); 27 Christopher Street (about 600 feet away); Marianne Moore (about 700 feet away); Ephraim Ellsworth and the New York Fire Zouaves (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stonewall Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  E.E. Cummings - The Poetry Foundation. "Among the most innovative of twentieth-century poets," according to Jenny Penberthy in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, E. E. Cummings experimented with poetic form and language to create a distinct personal style. (Submitted on July 5, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
e.e. cummings & 4 Patchin Place Markers image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 20, 2012
3. e.e. cummings & 4 Patchin Place Markers
4 Patchin Place image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 20, 2012
4. 4 Patchin Place
 e e cummings image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2015
5.  e e cummings
This 1958 self-portrait of e e cummings (Edward Estlin Cummings) hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“Poet E. E. Cummings, who famously avoided uppercase letters in his writings, declared that 'poetry and every other art was and is and forever will be strictly and distinctly a question of individuality.' Believing that poetry was visual as well as verbal, Cummings defied rules of punctuation, capitalization, and arrangement of words on the page in his poems of the 1920s and 1930s, offering a new literary experience for Americans. For some, he demonstrated the rich possibilities for self-expression; others he left feeling uncomfortable and annoyed. In either case, his radicalism made an indelible mark on twentieth-­century letters and, in the words of one critic, extended 'the capabilities of poetry' well beyond its traditional limits. As this self-portrait indicates, Cummings was also a competent painter. After serving in World War I, he studied painting in Paris and exhibited his work in New York.” – National Portrait Gallery
Patchin Place image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 20, 2012
6. Patchin Place
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 447 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 5, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   5. submitted on December 5, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on July 5, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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