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The Writer's AlmanacProject VOICEE. E. Cummings"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. A Cummings poem is spare and precise, employing a few key words eccentrically placed on the page. Cummings decided to become a poet when he was still a child. After graduating from Harvard, Cummings spent a month working for a mail order book dealer. Upon leaving the army in January of 1919, Cummings resumed his affair with Elaine Thayer, the wife of his friend Schofield Thayer. The early twenties were an extremely productive time for Cummings. Cummings' first collection of poems, Tulips and Chimneys, appeared in 1923. The original manuscript for Tulips and Chimneys was cut down by the publisher. It was with these collections of the 1920s that Cummings established his reputation as an avant-garde poet conducting daring experiments with language.