Leaves of Grass

The Old Rocker

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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It was the sort of chair working class people purchased on the way up along with the upright spinet to prove they were no longer poor.

A Truly Democratic Poetry

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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American literature sprung truly from the soil of democracy would be lively, but unrefined, poor on rules of thumb, sacrificing refinement to vitality.

In the Garden: Re-Reading Whitman

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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A garden, like all true relationships, is a pact with loss, with effacement, and when we fear effacement, it already begins to give birth to power and envy and death inside us.

‘Those are not the words’: Walt Whitman’s collapsing taxonomy of poetry

by Daniel Silliman Language
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Whitman seeks to establish a taxonomy of poetry, a system classifying what is good poetry, what bad, but the structure he establishes keeps collapsing.