Sherri

"This Is What You Shall Do"

from the preface to the 1855 edition of Walt Whitman's LEAVES OF GRASS

"Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labors to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at church or school or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."

If you have any corrections or additions to the bibliography, I'd appreciate your input.

You can reach me at: Sherri Hoffman-Hoye

*Revised 11/11/97 by Anton Hartmann