“as freedom is a breakfast food” and internet searches

The tendency is for viewers of this site to read for a while and pass on quietly – so it is rare I receive comments or thoughts on the postings or poems. But in the spirit of counteracting this trend I pose a question to readers both regular and not. Over the past two months a fair amount of traffic has come to poem.oftheweek.org due to searches for E.E. Cummings’ “as freedom is a breakfast food”. A month ago there were 60 unique hits on that page – certainly an oddity for potw.org. Why is this? The poem does not seem to have cropped up in the zeitgeist recently in any significant way that I have noticed. My hope is that one of these searchers will pause on this post to answer, but all readers are welcome to hypothesize (my current theory is that questions on the American high school AP English test may have centered around this poem, though I have have no verification).

5 thoughts on ““as freedom is a breakfast food” and internet searches

  1. EJ

    Greetings! I believe I have a possible answer. On May 13, 2009, Laurence Fishburne sat down with Craig Ferguson on the Late Late Show (CBS Network) where he recited this poem in front of a (national) audience. Perhaps this could be one possible explanation about the ‘surge’ in traffic.

    It’s available on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7ie8TRch8w about 1 min 55 seconds into the video. Nice site by the way! Take care!


  2. admin Post author

    That must be it! Thanks EJ, and thanks for your kind words.

    Also – that’s a fantastic reading by Fishburne.

  3. cj

    I may be too late for your observation, having discovered your site in Sept. but yes I found your site on a search for e.e. cummings’ freedom. It cropped up in some private chat on a forum because some members there use erratic capitalization. The poem has been with me since high school and I googled it to make sure I didn’t misquote it.

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