What Is the Grass

In an elegant blend of literary criticism and personal memoir, Mark Doty chronicles his deeply personal relationship to the work of Walt Whitman.

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One of America’s most perceptive contemporary poets digs deep into the work of Walt Whitman in search of personal—and communal—signposts.

The poet and memoirist Mark Doty (My Alexandria, Dog Years) has lived intimately and intensely with Walt Whitman’s poetry for decades. As a reader, a teacher, a poet and a gay man,…

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