From the brilliant minds at Tin House and the mighty pen of Allen Crawford comes a brilliant portrait of the catalog of human godliness and failing that was Walt Whitman’s work. Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself (Tin House, $28.95) is the defining poem of the American ideal of individualism, illustrated in the manner of a medieval manuscript. The colorful artwork, however, doesn’t stay in the margins, but entwines and interacts with the text. While this may not afford the easiest reading experience, it is an experience, one true to Whitman’s playful, iconoclastic, and dynamic spirit. Engage with Song of Myself through this kinetic illumination, and the other senses evoked in the poem—the scents of the grass, the brushes against skin, the sound of the cries of the American people—all blossom, revealing themselves anew.
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