Walt, born 1819. He moved around frequently
but at the end of his life
he settled where I started – New Jersey –
which has more poetry than most imagine,
and ghosts reciting from Camden to Newark.
Walt Whitman’s home on Mickle St. in Camden, New Jersey
Wax or plaster cast of a face.
A primitive, accurate photo without a camera.
Memento, or basis for a later portrait.
Eerily real, every feature, with some distortions
from the weight of plaster and death.
Death mask of the poet Dante Alighieri who wrote The Divine Comedy. He died September 13, 1320 from malaria.
A funeral rime for one who considered
spirits, drugs and zombies in his life
and whose remains in a lead coffin
journeyed from chapel to church wine cellar.
Toast a blood-red wine to his life.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ELIZABETH BROCKWAY/THE DAILY BEAST
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