1944 | LOREN MACIVER | JIMMY SAVO'S SHOES

1944 | Loren MacIver
Jimmy Savo's Shoes | Oil On Canvas

Source: MoMA


Although Savo was a popular and critically acclaimed performer in the decades between the two World Wars, it may well be that he will be best remembered as the subject of the poem in which E.E. Cummings described the "(childlost / so;ul / )foundclown"


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so.
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(Complete 471)


The radically different appearance of this poem may bewilder and confuse a reader not familiar with Cummings’ poetry. The poet’s intention, however, was not to baffle the reader but to communicate visually as well as verbally. This poem defies reading aloud. Much of its effect would be lost in the reading, for the appeal is greater to the eye than to the ear. It is what Cummings called a "poem-picture" and can perhaps be termed "visual poetry."  
Source: SPRING. The Journal Of The E.E. Cummings Society


(WHY DOES NOBODY TALK ABOUT) CLOWN SHOES?
TBAMFW # 20

SHOES & ART
1932 - 2009


1944 | Loren MacIver
Portrait Of Jimmy Savo

Source: Mutual Art



 

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