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Walt Whitman : the measure of his song
Perlman, Jim, 1951-
Second revised edition.
Publication Information:
Duluth, Minn. : Holy Cow! Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
531 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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PS3238 .W37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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, LeSueur, 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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Poets have always enjoyed a special relationship with Walt Whitman, and this volume attests to the range of attention given by poets who are willing to enter into dialogue with Whitman. Perlman, Folsom, and Campion are to be applauded for renewing the first edition (CH, May'82, out of print) with this fine updated collection that includes writers from the last 15 years. Arranged chronologically, this collection gathers written responses (both poetry and prose) to Whitman, beginning with Emerson and concluding with poets as diverse as Alicia Ostriker, Sherman Alexie, and Rudolpho Anaya--more than 90 poets in all (the extensive bibliography cites countless others who have addressed Whitman in one way or another). Folsom's excellent introductory essay, "Talking Back to Walt Whitman," details Whitman's impact on poetry--including the work of Latin Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, and women--since the first publication of Leaves of Grass (1855). The writing is varied, at times almost contradictory, as the poets work through Whitman's own understanding of contradiction. Read in its entirety, the volume brings the reader to an understanding of influence without anxiety. Every library in the US (nay, the hemisphere) should have a copy of this collection on its shelf, right next to Leaves of Grass. R. T. Prus; Southeastern Oklahoma State University