It was used first in Woody Allen's brilliant Hannah and Her Sisters. Philandering husband Michael Caine buys a book of cummings' poetry for his wife's sister, played by Barbara Hershey. He directs her to a certain poem and Woody Allen has Hershey read the lines in voice-over. He even uses the final line of the poem as a chapter heading.
It's a nice moment in the film, and the poem makes Barbara Hershey overlook Michael Caine's glasses and have an affair with him.
The same poem was used in a similar vein in last week's episode of the first-rate new BBC American show The Hours, about a BBC news hour set in 1956. The character played by Ben Whishaw sends the poem to Romola Garai. He doesn't have the same luck that Michael Caine did. By the way, The Hours took a little while to get going but it's pretty great television, and it is beautiful to look at.
somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond any experience,your eyes have their silence: in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which i cannot touch because they are too near your slightest look easily will unclose me though i have closed myself as fingers, you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens (touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose or if your wish be to close me, i and my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly, as when the heart of this flower imagines the snow carefully everywhere descending; nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals the power of your intense fragility:whose texture compels me with the color of its countries, rendering death and forever with each breathing (i do not know what it is about you that closes and opens;only something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses) nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands