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From the introduction by Galway Kinnell: The poems of Walt Whitman meant little to me when I read them in high school and college. Luckily, when I was teaching at the University of Grenoble in my late twenties, I was required to give a course on Whitman. My experience of Leaves of Grass then was intense. . . . Soon I understood that poetry could be transcendent, hymn-like, a cosmic song, and yet remain idolatrously attached to the creatures and things of our world. . . . Once again, as when I first began writing, it ...

Essential Whitman 2006, Ecco Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780060887926

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Essential Whitman 1999, Ecco Press, London

ISBN-13: 9780880014793

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