I have written before about the importance of poetry in our most poignant moments—both individually and as a culture. Traditionally, poetry has been included at the Presidential Inauguration. This year it will not. This is a missed opportunity for reflection and unity.
Leslie Lawrence has written eloquently about the ramifications of this loss here. In this post, I will attach a word document of a small portion of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” the quintessential American poem.