Whitman's Men: The Calamus Poems by Walt Whitman
first published 1995, hardcover
This unprecedented volume of Walt Whitman's "Calamus" poems unites the works of seven contemporary young photographers with Whitman's poems, creating an engaging conversation that echoes the desires and ambitions of American men. This version of "Calamus," taken from the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass, shows us the poems at their purest and most spontaneous - an expression of man's desire for his fellow man. Themes that are integral to the "Calamus" poems - the search for self-awareness, for love and companionship; loneliness; and death - are reflected in the photographs, which evoke the timelessness of Whitman's writings and add an extra dimension of life to his ageless lines. The featured photographers whose works pay tribute to this great American bard are Mark Beard, John Dugdale, Robert Flynt, Bill Jacobson, Russell Maynor, Steve Morrison, and Frank Yamrus.