E.E. Cummings’ Desk Goes On Display in Battery Park City


By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

A massive wooden desk that once belonged to the poet e.e. cummings arrived in Battery Park City earlier this month.

The dark, gleaming desk is now on permanent display for the first time at Poets House, a library and literary center whose founder was a close friend of cummings.

“Two weeks ago, we got an email saying, ‘Would you like this desk?'” said Jane Preston, managing director of Poets House, still sounding astounded by the good fortune. “It was a total surprise. We responded and said, ‘We will receive this desk with joy!'”

The desk — which measures about 4 feet long, 3 feet tall and 2 feet deep and weighs about 50 pounds — is empty, save a small white envelope dated 1953, which contains two keys to the drawers.

“That it is cummings’ is thrilling,” Preston said, “because e.e. cummings is a poet who is beloved by the very young and very old alike.”

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