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Walt Whitman: the First Beatnik?

It’s not a great stretch to see stylistic, and perhaps even thematic, similarities between, say, Walt Whitman’s “I Sing the Body Electric” and Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”. The relationship between the poetry of the nineteenth century Bard of Brooklyn (see some local folks reciting Whitman’s verse here) and that of the Beats a century later is […]

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