love letters to Walt Whitman by Kristian Anfinn Tonneson

Tonneson has recently been published in Z Publishing House's New York's Best Poets Anthology. Check it out here.


Walt,

we do not love the same, you and I,
as you showed me with honey and birch beer.

though I know you’ve become a blossom of dust
scattered under trotting horses
and in spring-flush streams,
the taste of dust is better to me,
and my lips are blue from long draughts.

Walt,

they have said you are a very great teacher,
and learning is the best antidote to fear.

you whispered, this is indeed music!
and I closed the bedroom window partial
to the sound of murmuring voices in the neighbor’s parlor.

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Illustrated by Dora O'Neill, Cameron Lee, and Karina Blodnieks

Illustrated by Dora O'Neill, Cameron Lee, and Karina Blodnieks


POETRY 

NONFICTION