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Oh Walt, you’re still under my bootsoles.

I found this poem extremely interesting in conversation with the way we have been talking about Whitman’s legacy and the question of his racism. Defending Walt Whitman By Sherman Alexie Basketball is like this for young Indian boys, all arms and legs and serious stomach muscles. Every body is brown! These are the twentieth-century warriors […] […]

Beautiful Dreamers

Here is the trailer for the Whitman film I mentioned in class titled Beautiful Dreamers (1990). What’s more is that it features Rip Torn as Whitman, and takes place in Canada because Whitman couldn’t afford prescription drugs in the US.

Check it out:

Whitman and Van Gogh

On the radio the other day I learned about this huge cache of Vincent Van Gogh’s letters that’s been made available (and searchable) on the Internet. Immediately searching for Whitman, of course, I came to this passage from an 1888 letter Van Gogh wrote to this sister: Have you read Whitman’s American poems yet? Theo […] […]

Whitman in Philly (really)

See it with your own eyes, courtesy of Camden. […]

Seance at Scanlon’s?

And guess who followed ME home? […]

Lincoln follows me home for Thanksgiving…

Hey Whitmaniacs, I seriously doubted that I would be back on the blog within 3 hours of leaving class. But I couldn’t resist- So Im sitting in my living room with my mom and sister, watching the History Channel special on the history of Thanksgiving…and who signed the proclamation establishing Thanksgiving? Old Abe. I feel […] […]


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A Yawp for Help! Describing Whitman in the World

Meghan Edwards is a student in the Digital Whitman class here at UMW, and she has come up with an extremely interesting idea for a final project that takes advantage of the social networking tools we have been using this … Continue reading […]

A Somewhat Field Trip Post

On our field trip to Washington DC, as we doggedly trekked back to the cars, Chelsea and I fell into conversation about Whitman’s letters. Of course, we were thrilled to have seen them and nearly touched them. The preciseness of Whitman’s handwriting and the possibility that one of the letters might have had his fingerprint […] […]

I Can’t Stop Finding Whitman!

Also known as “On this episode of Masterpiece Theater…” Location: Dupont Metro – North Exit Poem: Whoever You Are Now Holding Me in Hand […]

Whitman Video Locator

Mara Scanlon recently attended a Google Docs workshop with DTLT’s own Martha Burtis and came away with a pretty impressive idea. One of the projects the Digital Whitman students at UMW (and elsewhere in the Looking for Whitman project) is … Continue reading […]

Doodle Poll

Here is a Doodle Poll for a possible video editing session.

Where Ben found Walt Whitman

Hey all, so as so much of our focus has been on the Civil War Whitman, I decided to go back to the battlefield where the Civil War really started for Whitman. So here I am on the Fredericksburg battlefield. Ben finding Whitman […]

Where the Other Sam Found Walt Whitman

The “Bloody Angle” is the name given to a piece of ground at the Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield on which, in May 1864, some of the war’s most traumatizing hand-to-hand and muzzle-to-muzzle fighting took place. Whitman would c… […]

Sarah Finds Whitman

In which I read Whitman’s poem “To You” at Chatham house (formerly Lacy House). […]

Where Sam Krieg found Walt Whitman

I found Whitman in a variety of place, and discovered later that I looked super-pretentious. Oh well. I contain multitudes! There are slides explaining what I read and where. […]

A Whitman Sampler in the Age of Modernism

In thinking about Whitman’s legacy, I got curious about how much Modernist writers beyond Pound and Williams were engaging him– that is, how much he’d become a common name or referent in writing of the time. So I went to the awesome and ever-growing Modernist Journals Project to poke around. A search for “Walt Whitman” […] […]

Where I Found Whitman…

Fredericksburg has been my home for many years. After a few years on what my parents have affectionately named my “East Coast College Tour,” I ended up back here, at UMW, the one college that I thought I would never attend. Sometimes this place can seem quite stale, but this semester I began to look […] […]

Where Virginia Found Whitman…

Virginia on Youtube reading Walt Whitman Where I read, and show the signs in the video, are on route 24 in Appomattox County, Virginia. Zipcode 24522. […]

Where Meg Found Whitman

I found Whitman on Sandpiper Road, in Virginia Beach, VA. Because Whitman takes so much pride in being a “son of Manhatta,” it’s rather fitting that it was here, as this is where I (very proudly) hail from. Oh, PS: Excuse my crazy hair and the cameraman’s finger that apparently appears three-quarters of the way […] […]

Finding Whitman

Reading “Give Me the Splendid Silent Sun” at the Fredericksburg Battlefield. […]

Finding Whitman

Location : 406 Princess Elizabeth St. Poem: Whoever You Are Now Holding Me in Hand […]

My Contribution to the Whitman Legacy

A poem I wrote earlier in the semester. […]

Chelsea Finds Whitman

I found Whitman at Riverby Books in downtown Fredericksburg in front of the “Modern Warfare” section […]

How could I have forgotten? For 11/17

I can’t believe I forgot to scan this, but check it out: “A Pact” by Ezra Pound I make a pact with you, Walt Whitman – I have detested you long enough. I come to you as a grown child Who has had a pig-headed father; I am old enough now to make friends. It […] […]