“That’s an awfully attractive message, which helps explain why one of his most famous lines, from his ‘Songs of Insurrection’ is now the title of a new poetry anthology: Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance, published this month by Dispatches Editions. The thick compilation, coming in at 740 pages, is a call to creative arms, with 50% of its proceeds being donated to Planned Parenthood.
‘America has always been split down the middle,” say Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson, who wrote the introduction. “Whitman knew it all too well, but made his poetry into the news of democracy’s becoming its better self.”’