Monthly Archives: June 2020

the beauty of Walt Whitman’s images


the beauty of Whitman’s images


This post is in the format of a 20-page essay (downloadable Word document above).

My essay is entitled “The Beauty of Walt Whitman’s Images.”


from the introduction:

I have become well acquainted with Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass through repeated readings — I have committed many lines to memory. From familiarity — and, I suppose one would say, the spiritual comfort Whitman’s poetry gives me — Leaves of Grass has become a sort of Bible for me.

Below is a compilation by me of striking, beautiful, brilliant — so original, and often unique — images that I have culled from Leaves of Grass. I think they prove that Whitman, who is deliberately and studiously non-literary — without affectation and without using common poetic tropes — constantly infuses his poetry with images of startling beauty. That’s the best way I know how to put it.


— posted by Roger W. Smith

   June 2020

family separation repost VIII (“Human Rights and the Trump Administration’s Family Separation Policy”)


human rights


The above downloadable Word file contains my compilation of ongoing commentary and statements, from May 2018 to February 2020, in which the Trump administrations’s policy of forced separation of immigrant children from their parents (and vice versa) was subjected to critcism as a human rights abuse.

The document is 56 pages long.


— posted by Roger W. Smith

    June 2020