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An Illustrated Guide to Ginsberg’s Delightful Poem on Walt Whitman

Ginsberg calls Whitman his “lonely old courage-teacher,” which could have to do with him learning how to embrace his own homosexuality, or how to celebrate himself and his poetry despite bouts of self-doubt and mental illness. To celebrate Whitman and Ginsberg, whose birthdays lock arms a mere three days away from each other, think of your own courage-teachers or missed opportunities, or use a trip to the grocery store to have a mystical experience. And hey, while you’re there, pick me up some corn dogs.

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