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Hillary Clinton to honour ‘gay’ poet Walt Whitman in Moscow

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  1. Two things I never knew about Walt Whitman – he was born in Lancashire and he was gay!

  2. Brian Burton 13 Oct 2009, 8:12pm

    Rose Dear, Look up Walt Whitman on wikipedia?

  3. theotherone 14 Oct 2009, 2:27am

    he wrote erotic poems about both men and women therefore he’s Bisexual not Gay.

  4. Brian Burton 14 Oct 2009, 10:23am

    Your splitting hairs with Bi-Gay etc. We can only belive what the historians tell us on this one.

  5. Pumpkin Pie 14 Oct 2009, 4:22pm

    Reminds me of Sappho. Something of a “patron saint” of female homosexuality, yet she actually wrote sensual poems about both women and men. Of course, sexuality wasn’t so compartmentalised back in her day.

  6. Walter Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, in West Hills, Town of Huntington, Long Island,New York State, USA. Walt Whitman was not born in Lancashire–I don’t know where the reporter got this information but it’s wrong!

  7. Brian Burton 14 Oct 2009, 7:40pm

    Pumpkin Pie,
    Sappho, ancient greek poet on the Isle of Lesbos. I’ll have to seek out a bit more on this Poet.

    Ed Casson, I read wikipedia too.

  8. Jean-Paul Bentham 17 Oct 2009, 9:11am

    Praising Walt Whitman in Moscow…..

    Sounds like camp, like Yoko Ono, actually.

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