Category Archives: Poetry

Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman’s collection of free-verse poems in tribute to America, was first published in 1855. I was introduced to Whitman by my friend, Richard. I was twenty. Richard was forty. Richard had a degree in literature from Bard College. I thought he was brilliant; he became a sort of intellectual godfather and […] (Read more)


Dennis ArticulateCreativeThoughtfulLiberal Son of Clyde and DrusillaBrother of Gaynl and Gary Lover oftout les choses françaises Who feels depressed byilliteracyignorancebigotry Who needscreative peopleold and dear friendshis grandchildren Who worries aboutthe economythe planetthe world we’re leaving to our children and grandchildren Who would like to seea return to the values of a liberal educationreverence for rational […] (Read more)

I am from…

I am from Clyde and Drusilla, William and Hattie, Albert and Emma, George and Elizabeth, Daniel and Nancy, William and Ittle, Charles and Minnie. I am from colonial Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Minnesota farmland, the Oregon Trail, Arizona Territory, California. I am from the converging objects of the universe perpetually written to […] (Read more)