Category Archives: Walt Whitman

“After the Supper and Talk”

    This poem made me think of my recently departed friend Bill Dalzell, and of our talks during his last months.     AFTER THE SUPPER AND TALK. After the supper and talk—after the day is done, As a … Continue reading

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on the glories of English

    It is organic. It is unstructured and unregulated. It has developed naturally. It seems to a native speaker such as myself unequaled in its richness, by which I mean to say the variety of source languages — such … Continue reading

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the ferry

                photographs by Roger W. Smith       *****************************************************     The glories strung like beads on my smallest sights and hearings—on the walk in the street, and the passage over the … Continue reading

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“I see Christ once more”

    “I see Christ once more eating the bread of his last supper, in the midst of youths and old persons, ”   — Walt Whitman, “Salut au Monde!,” Leaves of Grass (1856 edition)   How — by what … Continue reading

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writers: walkers

    In a previous post of mine   “on walking (and exercise)”   I wrote that “walking, as is well known, is conducive to thinking and creativity, which is why so many writers and intellectuals have always been walkers.” … Continue reading

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The Water Music; thoughts about death

    Last night, on December 2, 2017, I attended a concert by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York. The concert began with Handel’s Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major. It is good when … Continue reading

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“I hear and behold God in every object”

    I hear and behold God in every object, yet I understand God not in the least, Nor do I understand who can ever be more wonderful than myself.   — Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass     ***************************************************** … Continue reading

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