a title of a book by trinh minh-ha
post-modern prometheus

whitman's imperative

A perpetual favorite of mine and an imperative to live by.  I myself am a poetic thinker, and I greatly admire this passage from Walt Whitman because it is an imperative that I believe in. 

"This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor 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 school or church 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." -- Walt Whitman

And while I was buzzing around youtube this afternoon, researching whatever might be available of Whitman footage, I found this richly-stocked archive, inclusive of a Foucault interview that I was serendipitously reading this past week. And then, soon after, this video about Whitman set to Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" surfaced (it starts out with a good narrative, but then, yes, the footage becomes somewhat corny -- consider that there's not all that much available for Whitman on youtube yet):

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