Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song

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First published to wide critical acclaim in 1981, revised and expanded in 1998, and now re-issued as a corrected second edition (2014), this monumental anthology charts the ongoing American and international response to the legacy of the seminal poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Beginning with Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous 1855 letter ("I greet you at the beginning of a great career..."), this edition contains responses from Thoreau, Pound, Lawrence, Neruda, Borges, Ginsberg, Jordan, Duncan, Le Sueur, Rich, Snyder ...
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Overview


First published to wide critical acclaim in 1981, revised and expanded in 1998, and now re-issued as a corrected second edition (2014), this monumental anthology charts the ongoing American and international response to the legacy of the seminal poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Beginning with Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous 1855 letter ("I greet you at the beginning of a great career..."), this edition contains responses from Thoreau, Pound, Lawrence, Neruda, Borges, Ginsberg, Jordan, Duncan, Le Sueur, Rich, Snyder and Alexie, among many others

"I know of no more convincing proof of Walt Whitman's impact upon the poetic mind (both at home and abroad) than this collection of tributes by poets -- in prose and verse" -- Gay Wilson Allen, The Solitary Singer.

Includes 17 black & white photos.

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“I know of no more convincing proof of Walt Whitman’s impact upon the poetic mind (both at home and abroad) than this collection of tributes by poets—in prose and verse. Its value is aesthetic, critical, and historical, with a fine scholarly and perceptive introduction by Ed Folsom and a chronological bibliography of poems to and about Whitman. If the list is not complete (for all countries), it is nearly so; the most comprehensive in print. This book makes a major contribution to Walt Whitman criticism and scholarship. On second thought, I’ll call it colossal!”—Gay Wilson Allen

“This is a book to browse, to study, to cherish; for, as much as any one book can, it lets the reader know who and what Whitman was and still is—a vital presence.”—Choice, Outstanding Academic Book citation

“Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song measures not only the great shadow that Whitman casts over 20th century poetry but also the usefulness of the kind of small press operation that produced this remarkable collection.”—Jerome Loving, American Literary Scholarship

“The authenticity of Whitman’s vocation accounts for why his admirers have always responded in extraordinary ways to him…. Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song, a remarkable anthology edited by Jim Perlman, Ed Folsom, and Dan Campion, is a record of precisely this…. What is striking is the continuity of love expressed in all this—gushing, reserved, off the wall, begrudging, levelheaded, scholarly, ecstatic, yet love nonetheless.”—Village Voice Literary Supplement

“Sometimes readers open literary anthologies only to find jewels in disarray…. Not so this fine volume from Holy Cow! Press. Out of America’s heartland, the terrain celebrated in Whitman’s ‘Song of the Prairies,’ comes one of the most vital anthologies of recent time. The avowals and expressions in this fascinating anthology record the liberating power for other poets of Whitman’s compassionate vision of a universalized self.”—Christian Science Monitor

“Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song is the most impressive Whitman collection ever made, and there have been many, many of them.”—C. Carroll Hollis

"The selections are varied, strong, and often surprising and offer overwhelming proof of Whitman's triumphant achievement."--Justin Kaplan, Walt Whitman: A Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780930100780
  • Publisher: Holy Cow! Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 975,695
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Table of Illustrations
Preface
"Talking Back to Walt Whitman: An Introduction," 21
A Letter to Whitman 79
A Letter to Harrison Blake 80
From a Letter to W. D. O'Connor 82
"To Walt Whitman in America" 83
"To Walt Whitman" 89
"To Walt Whitman from Some Younger English Friends" 90
From a Letter to Robert Bridges 91
"Walt Whitman" 93
A Letter to Walt Whitman 94
"Walt Whitman" 96
"A Tribute of Grasses" 97
From "Walt Whitman" 98
"Walt Whitman" 102
"Walt Whitman" 103
"Whitman" 104
"To W. W." 106
"A Pact" 111
"What I Feel About Walt Whitman" 112
"Salutation to Walt Whitman" 114
"Petit, the Poet" 122
"Walt Whitman" 123
"Whitman" 124
"Whitman" 125
"Retort to Whitman" 134
"[Bouquets and Brickbats]" 135
"Walt Whitman" 141
"Cape Hatteras" 145
From "Whitman and Tennyson" 152
"Walt Whitman" 154
"Walt Whitman" 157
"Ode to Walt Whitman" 158
"Walt Whitman" 163
"Walt Whitman" 165
"Ode to Walt Whitman" 168
"Ode to Walt Whitman" 172
"Like Decorations in a Nigger Cemetery" 184
"The Ceaseless Rings of Walt Whitman" 185
"Old Walt" 190
"The Orange Bears" 191
"Whitman and the Problem of Good" 192
"Countersong to Walt Whitman: Song of Ourselves" 201
"Walt Whitman" 205
"The American Idiom" 208
"A Supermarket in California" 213
"168th Chorus" 215
"Some Notes on Whitman for Allen Joyce" 216
"Centennial for Whitman" 218
"Comments" 222
"Walt Whitman" 223
"Ode to Walt Whitman" 225
"I Begin By Invoking Walt Whitman" 230
"We Live in A Whitmanesque Age" 231
"Camden, 1982" 234
"Note on Walt Whitman" 235
"Fastball" 241
"Song of Myself: Intention and Substance" 243
"Despair" 250
From "A Common Ground" 251
"The Delicacy of Walt Whitman" 253
"Communion" 269
"Son to Father" 270
"Waiting Inside" 271
"Walt Whitman at Bear Mountain" 272
"Pacific Ideas - A Letter to Walt Whitman" 274
From "The Abyss" 275
"Walt Whitman" 276
"A Modern Poet" 279
"Letters to Walt Whitman" 280
"I, Mencius, Pupil of the Master ..." 282
"Introduction" 285
"Populist Manifesto" 295
"Face on the Daguerreotype" 299
"Reading Walt Whitman" 300
"Over Colorado" 301
"With Walt Whitman at Fredericksburg" 302
"Hopkins to Whitman" 304
"Whitman in Black" 307
"For You, Walt Whitman" 308
"The Good Grey Poet" 309
"For Whitman" 312
"Whitman's Indicative Words" 313
"Allen Ginsberg on Walt Whitman: Composed on the Tongue" 329
"I Love Old Whitman So" 353
"Honoring Whitman" 354
"Essay Beginning and Ending with Poems for Whitman" 358
"To Love the Earth: Some Thoughts on Walt Whitman" 366
"I Teach Straying from Me - Yet Who Can Stray from Me?" 371
"Whitman" 376
"Crossing Brooklyn Bridge ..." 378
"For Walt Whitman" 379
"The Mayflower Moment: Reading Whitman During the Vietnam War" 381
"Reaching Around" 395
"Revolutionary Frescoes - The Ascension" 400
"My Doubts About Whitman" 402
"For the Sake of a People's Poetry: Walt Whitman and the Rest of Us" 411
"Jelly Roll" 421
"Nurse Whitman" 425
"The Adventure of Whitman's Line" 426
"Walt Whitman in the Car Lot, Repo or Used" 442
"Beginners" 447
"Walt Whitman's New World, Old World" 452
"How I Came to Walt Whitman and Found Myself" 455
"Loving Walt Whitman and the Problem of America" 457
"On Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass" 466
"Kosmos" 470
"Walt Whitman: Whispers of Heavenly Death Murmur'd I Hear!" 473
"Defending Walt Whitman" 474
"Walt Whitman Strides the Llano of New Mexico" 476
The Poets Respond: A Bibliographic Chronology 482
Notes on Contributors 517
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