Terrific introduction to Whitman, and of course primarily, Leaves of Grass. A brief but rapturous overview and defense of his place among the great voices of poetry. A start (for me) to an understanding of the power of these words.

“All great poems . . . by the way they colonize and amplify and enhance the music of our own inner voices, of consciousness and conscience, ask us to be greater than we are, and if we read them well even show us how to begin.”