In celebration of American Archives Month, we continue to share literary ephemera from our archive that document the story of American poetry.

One of many correspondences we have between E. E. Cummings and the Academy of American Poets, this postcard includes a snippet of valuable advice from the literary notable. His wholehearted support of individuality and diversity was to be expected; Cummings was nothing if not an experimental poet whose work reflected his individualistic spirit.

While a student at Harvard University (1911–1916), he was drawn to the work of avant-garde writers such as Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound. Cummings himself later became known for his radical experimentation with form, punctuation, spelling, and syntax in his work, prevalent as early on in his career as the publication of his first collection, Tulips and Chimneys (T. Seltzer), in 1923.

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