J. V. Cunningham

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James Vincent Cunningham (August 23, 1911March 30, 1985) was an American poet, sometimes described as a neo-classicist or anti-modernist.

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  • What is needed is a noticeable unnoticeable style,... a directness of speech that seems to one judging easily imitable, to one trying it nothing less so.
    • The Problem of Style, Fawcett, New York 1966

Poetry[edit]

  • An old dissembler who lived out his lie
    Lies here as if he did not fear to die.
    • "An Epitaph for Anyone", 1942
    • The Poems of J. V. Cunningham, edited by Timothy Steele, Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, 1997, ISBN 0-804-00997-X
  • What demon is our god? What name subsumes
    That act external to our sleeping selves?
    Not pleasure — it is much too broad and narrow —,
    Not sex, not for the moment love, but pride,
    And not in prowess, but pride undefined,
    Autonomous in its unthought demands,
    A bit of vanity, but mostly pride.
    • from "In a few days now when two memories meet", 1964
    • The Poems of J. V. Cunningham, edited by Timothy Steele, Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, 1997, ISBN 0-804-00997-X
  • She said he was a man who cheated.
    He said she didn't play the game.
    She said an expletive deleted.
    He said the undeleted same.
    And so they ended their relation
    With meaningful communication.
    • "Jack and Jill", 1981
    • The Poems of J. V. Cunningham, edited by Timothy Steele, Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, 1997, ISBN 0-804-00997-X
  • Plato, despair!
    We prove by norms
    How numbers bear
    Empiric forms,

    How random wrong
    Will average right
    If time be long
    And error slight,

    But in our hearts
    Hyperbole
    Curves and departs
    To infinity.

    Error is boundless.
    Nor hope nor doubt,
    Though both be groundless,
    Will average out.
    • “Meditation on Statistical Method”, 1960
    • The Exclusions of a Rhyme: Poems and Epigrams, Ohio University Press, 1960.

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