Walt Whitman and Dear Layla
by Mark Chmiel
Dear Rebecca, Sarah, Matthew and Patrick,
Joanie French and I took the Amtrak train to Texas in the summer of 2005 for a family wedding. Along the way and back, I read the Library of America edition of Walt Whitman, Poetry and Prose. Ten years later, I published Dear Layla Welcome to Palestine.
I was simmering, simmering, simmering. Whitman brought me to a boil.
References to Walt appear in the following chapters:
Roads/1, p. 11
Reading/1, p. 28
What Nourishes Active Rebellion (A Little Taste/4 [Subversive/1]), p. 60
Anti-American, p. 192
Scenes beyond the Classroom, p. 206
One Person Can Change Everything for Us, p. 221
Glocal Comrades, p. 234
Roads/4, p. 254