"in Just-" doesn’t just lie on the page. It dances itself out, stretching into blank spaces and squeezing together in energetic word-clusters. Sure, it’s about language – but it’s also about the way that words can communicate themselves to the eye. What does a line that one contains one word look when it’s next to lines full of text? As we realize, the way a poem looks can affect the way we hear it, as well. How does blank space sound? Do we pause whenever we get to a line break? Cummings teases his readers into thinking through formal problems that are quite a bit more complex than they might first appear.
The visual layout of this poem conveys more about its content than the actual words do.