"Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass"

Walt Whitman
Public DomainWalt Whitman - Credit: Samuel Hollyer
 Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was a somewhat controversial American poet, journalist and essayist whose work dealt with political issues such as slavery.

His poetry collection, Leaves of Grass, with its open discussion of sexual themes, was considered obscene in its day.


Extract from I Sing the Body Electric:


Ebb stung by the flow and flow stung by the ebb - love-flesh swelling and deliciously aching;

Limitless limpid jets of love hot and enormous, quivering jelly of love, white-blow and delirious juice;

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