Is 5 - E. E. Cummings 1926 - Boni & Liveright, New York - First Trade Edition since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
– the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis

Cummings’ fourth collection of poetry, 88 poems divided into 5 sections, which includes the above quoted and one of the most well loved of Cummings’ poems ‘
Since Feeling is First’ (page 95), as well as his ‘introduction meant to explain his approach to poetry. In the introduction he argued forcefully for poetry as a “process” rather than a “product.”’ (Poetry Foundation).
  ‘The chief effect of Cummings’ jugglery with syntax, grammar, and diction was to blow open otherwise trite and bathetic motifs through a dynamic rediscovery of the energies sealed up in conventional usage.... He succeeded masterfully in splitting the atom of the cute commonplace.’ – M. L. Rosenthal, The Modern Poets: A Critical Introduction.

First trade edition, issued simultaneously with 77 specially bound signed numbered copies.

Reference: Cyril Connolly,
The Modern Movement, 47b.

Octavo (21.4 x 14.2 cm) pp. [10] 115 [1]. In publisher’s gilt speckled orange paper covered boards lettered in black, with black cloth spine lettered in gilt.
  Condition: Very good, wear to fragile corners, and dulling to gilt on spine, internally fine and partially uncut.   Ref: 109051   Price: HK$ 1,000