I WANTED TO READ WHITMAN

 

I wanted to read Whitman

 

I wanted to feel intense fire

and that sinewy fiber of wordplay

 

sliding across the boulevard

sensuously slithering like a snake

massaging human wilderness

 

 

 

 

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What an excellent critique of

What an excellent critique of Whitman!


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critique or twisted fantasy? 

critique or twisted fantasy?  or both?

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I don't know for sure. But I

I don't know for sure. But I must thank you for bringing Whitman to the front of my mind again (I deliberately avoided his poetry in college).  His statement about contradicting himself, from Song Of Myself, 51, was useful to me as an epigraph in one of my poems today.  I don't think I would have thought of that had I not read your poem first.


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thank you.  It is always good

thank you.  It is always good to revisit poets and authors.  New twists and wrinkles emerge.

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For sure.  I have been

For sure.  I have been reading Wallace Stevens, and to a lesser extent T S Eliot since the late seventies, and I still find remarkable things in their poems, even though I have read them all before.


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yep

yep