Visiting Walt: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Walt Whitman / Edition 1

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Consider him sensational, mystical, erotic, and expansive; consider him the good gray poet, the moral crusader, the prophet of Democracy and the enemy of social injustice; or consider him libertarian, unsavory, and controversial. However we may view Walt Whitman, there is no denying his genius. Has there ever been a poet—before or after—so central, so vital to the heartbeat and life of American, and world, poetry?

Answering the challenge that Whitman issued nearly a hundred and fifty years ago in Poets to Come, Sheila Coghill and Thom Tammaro have gathered one hundred poems by one hundred poets bearing witness to Whitman's great inheritance. Poets as diverse as Sherman Alexie, Sharon Olds, Langston Hughes, Anne Waldman, Pablo Neruda, and Erica Jong fill the pages of Visiting Walt: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Walt Whitman and, in true Whitman tradition, form a democratic chorus of celebration and homage to the undeniable resonance of the poet's spirit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877458548
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: The Iowa Whitman Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Expecting the Main Things
Defending Walt Whitman 1
Walt Whitman and the Birds 3
Wild With It 4
Hair of the Field 6
Jiang Yuying, Famous Professor at Beijing University, Who Daringly Rendered into Chinese the First Complete Walt Whitman 9
Whitman's Grass 11
May 31, 1989 13
Whitman in Black 15
Despair 16
This Night: For Walt Whitman 17
Camden, 1892 18
Your Sister 19
Canticle 20
Early Evening 21
Small Acts 23
Walt Whitman at the Reburial of Poe 25
Walt Whitman in New Orleans, 1848 27
Walt Whitman in Ohio 28
Walt Whitman in the Car Lot, Repo or Used 29
Labor Day 31
February 12, 1865 32
Whitman: The Wall 34
Whitman, Come Again to the Cities 35
Walt, the Wounded 36
Letter to Walt Whitman 39
Centennial for Whitman 49
Walt, I Salute You! 53
Another Nameless Prostitute Says the Man Is Innocent 55
Green-Eyed Boy after Reading Whitman and Sandburg 57
To Walt Whitman 58
Poem for Old Walt 62
Reading Walt Whitman 63
Walt Whitman at Timber Creek 64
A Story Having to Do with Walt Whitman 66
Meeting the Master 68
Memorials 69
I Love Old Whitman So 70
Lecturing on Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson in China 71
For Walt Whitman 73
The Poem of the Praises 75
Whitman's Confession: In the Cleft of Eternity 79
The Varied Carol 81
Matthew Brady Speaks of Whitman 83
Ghazal XXXIX 84
Bread 85
Whitman Leaves the Boardwalk 87
Crossing Walt Whitman Bridge 88
[Walt Whitman] 91
Whitman in a Corner 92
Old Walt 94
Walt Whitman in Hell 95
Walt Whitman in the Civil War Hospitals 111
Under the Sign of Walt Whitman 112
Walt Whitman 113
Testament (Or, Homage to Walt Whitman) 114
Whitman Again 119
Kosmos 120
A Whitman Portrait 123
A Civil War Veteran from Indiana Recalls Visiting with Walt Whitman in a Washington Hospital 125
Dear Mr. Whitman 128
I Sing the Body Electric 130
Whitman 132
Ode to Walt Whitman 134
Walt Whitman's Brain Dropped on Laboratory Floor 139
A Whit for Whitman 140
Hopkins and Whitman 141
Second-Born Son: Lines for Walt Whitman Composed on Nantucket Island 143
To Walt Whitman on America's Birthday 146
Reaching Around 148
Postcard to Walt Whitman from Siena 154
Reading "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" on a Summar Morning 155
A Modern Poet 156
Ode to Walt Whitman 157
Nurse Whitman 162
With Whitman at the Friendship Hotel 163
Reading with the Poets 164
A Pact 166
Walt Whitman 167
A Porter on the Trail 168
Against Whitman 170
Reading Whitman's Democratic Vistas 171
Whitman Stock-Taking, Cataloguing 173
Walt Whitman at the Irish Festival, Syracuse, New York: Four Snapshots 175
Last Days in Camden 176
Walt Whitman at Bear Mountain 183
Whitman Pinch Hits, 1861 185
With Walt Whitman at Fredericksburg 187
When Helen Keller Spoke 189
For You, Walt Whitman 191
from "Hot Dog" 192
Briefly Eavesdropping on Walt Whitman, Virginia, 1863 196
Walt Whitman at Pfaff's: A Fantasy 197
An Apple from Walt Whitman 198
Walt Whitman Bathing 199
For Whitman 200
On Walt Whitman's Birthday 201
The Good Grey Poet 202
Walt Whitman Encounters the Cosmos with the Cats of New York 205
Walt Whitman 206
Walt Whitman in Alabama 207
Notes on Contributors 211
Permissions 225
Index to Titles 233
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