Cummings wrote the avant-garde play Him, performed by the Provincetown Players in 1927.
Unable to find a publisher, Cummings self-published much of his work and struggled financially. It was only in the 1940s and 50s, with a counterculture, that his style of writing came to be more favored by the masses and he gave live readings before full houses.
He received a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets at the start of the 1950s.
He won the Bollingen Prize for Poetry from Yale University.
He was put off by the government's social policies, which he wrote about with unconventional prose in his 1933 work Eimi.
I will wade out
till my thighs are steeped in burning flowers
I will take the sun in my mouth
and leap into the ripe air
with closed eyes
to dash against darkness
in the sleeping curves of my body
Shall enter fingers of smooth mastery
with chasteness of sea-girls
Will i complete the mystery
of my flesh
I will rise
After a thousand years
And set my teeth in the silver of the moon