Whitman

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.

Whitman house

Walt Whitman’s home on Mickle St. in Camden, New Jersey

Death Mask

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. 

Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Casket Rediscovered in Former Wine Cellar

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.

Coleridge

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ELIZABETH BROCKWAY/THE DAILY BEAST

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