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The Sea Is a Continual Miracle: Sea Poems and Other Writings by Walt Whitman
Walt WhitmanPaper: $19.95
Yang’s important volume provides a definitive demonstration of how the liquid and mystic power of the sea is critical to appreciating the scope of Whitman’s prodigious innovations and accomplishments.
Jeffrey Yang has done us a service in extracting from Whitman's oeuvre a body of poetry and prose on one of the master's great themes, the oceans and rivers of his world. Yang proves a trusty guide through Leaves of Grass in its labyrinthine backtrackings and revisions. Plunging into Whitman in his company is, as ever, a cleansing and invigorating experience.
—J. M. Coetzee, author of Disgrace and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Walt Whitman has a distinctly American voice that reveals beauty and complex layered ideas in a simple lean American language, never fades with time. Endless hours can be spent with this volume and new treasures will constantly be revealed.
—Mark Kurlansky, author of Cod
‘There is sea-salt in Whitman's poetry,’ wrote the great American naturalist John Burroughs of his dear friend. ‘No phase of nature seems to have impressed him so deeply as the sea, or recurs so often in his poems. ’ Jeffrey Yang's well-researched and beautifully written introduction provides compelling reasons for reading Whitman from this fresh, refreshing perspective.
—Karen Karbiener, New York University
WALT WHITMAN (1819–1892) is one of the preeminent poets of the American canon, known chiefly for the epic poetry of Leaves of Grass, first published in 1855 and revised many times over the course of his life. JEFFREY YANG is the author of the poetry collections Vanishing-Line and An Aquarium, the translator of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s June Fourth Elegies, and the editor of two poetry anthologies. He is an editor at New Directions Publishing and the New York Review of Books, and lives outside New York City.