First comment: E.E. Cummings spells his own name with correct punctuation. Never one to comment on the evolutionary tendancy for his name to morph into ee cummings at the hands of others, I'm sure he found it funny -- and evolutionary as it is directly related to his perceived style of poetry. However we don't do that here; to me it takes away a little of the energy needed to read and (understand) his special poetry.
So, here is one of his most talked about poems. A poem in which the title is longer than the actual piece. A poem which features the destruction of construction and the intentional punctuational vandalism which makes me love the guy. A poem which nearly makes me come to tears - as I imagine myself staring into a canyon of loneliness soon.
Cummings' works are a delight. Also presented (below this poem) is the equally poignant first poem ever written by Cummings at the age of 3. Perfect.
1(a... (a leaf falls on loneliness)
By E. E. Cummings
My First Poem
By E.E. Cummings (age 3)
Oh little birdie