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What Did E.E.Cummings Do To Me?

Let me begin with introducing who E.E.Cummings is, first. Born on October 14, 1894, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, E.E.Cummings went on to become an innovative poet known for his lack of stylistic and structural conformity, as seen in volumes like Tulips and Chimneys and XLI Poems. After self-publishing for much of his career, he eventually found wide recognition.
A playwright and visual artist as well. He died in 1962.

So what or how did he do anything to me? Well, it’s not so much the way one may think. He didn’t hit me, he didn’t talk to me, and I never even knew him. He did, however, open my eyes to a nonconformist take on poetry. I came across his poem: r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r , a work that takes understanding the movement of a grasshopper to read it. My first impression, as a young teen, was that it was bizarre and interesting. I had, up to that point, in my life never seen a poem done in such a way. It was just so visual!

I learned more about the man over time, when the internet came into the world and eventually took over. He did so much in his life. I could see myself, a few years back, in a position he and many others had been in. Struggling. I had found a publisher, but my own self-doubt killed my attempt to contact them. (I’m not going to repeat that story as I’ve talked about it a lot over the years and just don’t feel like doing it again.) I then decided, like Mr. Cummings, to self-publish.

His visual take on poetry has been labeled witty or even whimsy, but for me, it broke down walls. What he taught me coupled with advice I came across from author Anne Rice on Youtube, I began writing what I enjoy. Writing what I want and need to write. Readers will eventually find my work and enjoy what I’m producing. This took a great deal of pressure off of me, personally and professionally.

So again, what did Mr. Cummings do to me? He helped me find courage, he helped me see things from a different perspective. He also allowed me to see more than ‘I can be just a writer’. He helped me start on a journey of really enjoying poetry.

What is WIHM?

The Official description is: Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre. (This is taken from the official website.)

My understanding of it is:  Women in Horror Month is a month-long celebration that occurs every February. It celebrates women in all areas of horror. Why? Well, many have different thoughts but from my understanding, from the writer’s aspect of it, it’s to celebrate women that love horror and create it. Many believe that again from my understanding, that women ‘just can’t write horror very well’, but I believe that to be such an outdated and misogynist outlook on writing and other creative avenues in this day and age.
There are many that love horror and want to celebrate. Whether talking about their loves of the genre or sharing someone they love that creates in it whether officially jumping on the bandwagon or unofficially. Official? Unofficial? What does that mean? Well, there is an actual website that talks way more about all of this, more than I could post here.

A bit more personal: I personally have grown to love this genre. I began my writing career not realizing I was writing horror. My mindset was, it wasn’t scaring me so this isn’t horror but turns out through talking with other authors/writers, it was horror/thriller in many ways. Now, I don’t just write horror, but I’ve come to accept that my art and my writing can fall into this area more often times than not.
My mindset was, it wasn’t scaring me so this isn’t horror, but turns out through talking with other authors/writers, it was horror/thriller in many ways. Now, I don’t just write horror, but I’ve come to accept that my art and my writing can fall into this area more often times than not.

The Women in Horror Month Website

It is great. It even links to events, meetups, and all the ways to find a horror creator that is a woman or men celebrating the women! Ain’t that great? I was invited many years ago to take part in this and in some shape or form, I have done just that.
This year marks the tenth year of celebrating! Go to the link above and find out how much is going on and perhaps find something to get involved in…I highly recommend it.