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Alright. So I don’t actually plan on featuring a “banned man” each week.

But this week, it’s Mr. Walt Whitman himself. Growing up you learn about, “Walt Whitman, pervert of the 19th Century!” Ok. Maybe it’s not that sensational…but in all honesty, the only thing schools teach is that his book was the “First banned in Boston”. If you learn more it’s because you saw Dead Poets’ Society or something. But really, he’s written some great stuff, not limited to Leaves of Grass. I mean, Shakespeare and Keats and Wordsworth all have their place, but I was surprised to find how much Whitman’s poetry resonated with me.

Here’s to one swanky dead guy.

When I heard the learn’d astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he leactured with much applause
in the lecture-room,
How soon, unnacountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

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