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American poet Walt Whitman celebrated in Radio 4 gay documentary

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  1. Brian Burton 24 Jun 2009, 5:32pm

    Walt was photographed with his live-in male partner, although it was not portraid as so.

  2. “… it is not clear if he ever had a relationship with a man.” !!!

    Hello, Peter Doyle!

    Makes one wonder why Schmidgall claims: “Whitman’s doctrine quite simply was that cocksucking, butt-fucking and boy-loving were religious activities equal to what some Chistians called ‘god’s love’.”

    Check out Robert Alrich and Garry Wotherspoon’s ‘Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian History from Antiquity to World War II’, pp. 483-485.

    Not clear? Not clear? Holy Calamus, Batman! ZONK !!!

  3. That’s Robert Aldrich.

  4. theotherone 26 Jun 2009, 12:45am

    bisexual not gay.

    just a little aside but a true one

  5. Brian Burton 26 Jun 2009, 7:46am

    Walt was another Genius born before his time. I do wonder if he wold have fitted with any comfort in our time?

  6. The scarcity of comments on the tremendous and gigantic author of ‘Leaves of Grass’ is most discouraging. Hopefully, more comments will be made on the off-chance anyone listens to the radio show. What next? Disregarding Oscar Wilde and Mother Clap!

  7. “The expression of a wellmade man appears not only in his face,
    It is in his limbs and joints also…it is curiously in the joints of his hips and wrists,
    It is in his walk…the carriage of his neck…the flex of his waist and knees…dress does not hide him,
    The strong sweet supple quality he has strikes through the cotton and flannel;
    To see him pass conveys as much as the best poems…perhaps more,
    You linger to see his back and the back of his neck and shoulderside.”

    -Walt Whitman,’Leaves of Grass’,Brooklyn, New York,1855(first edition).

  8. “From first to last, his writings applaud sexual love. ‘Song of Myself’, published in 1855, contains Section V, which celebrates the soul through the trope of fellatio:

    ‘Loafe with me on the grass, loose the stop from your throat,
    …Only the lull I like, the hum of your valved voice’.

    ‘Leaves of Grass’, the title Whitman gave his collected poems, pivots upon the dalliance with a young man in the grass. In 1889, the poet told an interviewer, ‘Sex, sex, sex, sex is the root of it all.'”.

    -Charley Shively, Ibid., p. 484.

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