Tag Archives: People who inspire me

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)

U is for Ulysses

is for Ulysses. Miss Lois Baumgartner, my ninth grade English teacher, introduced me to Ulysses. Ulysses is the Roman name of Odysseus, the legendary Greek king of Ithaca and a hero of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey.  Barely five feet tall, matronly, with a shock of curly white hair, Miss Baumgartner was an epic force […] (Read more)