At number 4:
'e. e. cummings
The poet and painter, who made art
of commas and parentheses,
lived here for the last forty years
of his life. He characterized himself
as "an author of pictures,
a draughtsman of words.'
'4 PATCHIN PLACE
ONE-TIME HOME OF "POETandPAINTER" E. E. CUMMINGS (d. 1962) AND
HIS WIFE, MODEL AND PHOTOGRAPHER MARION MOOREHOUSE (d. 1969)
"--do lovers love?why the to heaven with hell,
Whatever sages say and fools,all's well"'
Djuna Barnes (1892–1982) also lived in Patchin Place, diagonally opposite Cummings's place, in a one-room apartment for forty-two years.