Meditations of Walt Whitman

Meditations of Walt Whitman


Earth, My Likeness

This pocket-size book pairs 60 short selections from Whitman’s poems with a relevant quote from a historical or contemporary writer and thinker.

Carry Walt Whitman’s wisdom with you in this inspirational guide that features 60 selections from his most insightful poems.

Walt Whitman, the great American poet of the 19th century (1819–1892), celebrated his body, the land, the commonest of people, the plants and leaves, and the cosmos in Leaves of Grass, first published in 1855. Working variously as a printer, journalist, teacher, and Civil War nurse, Whitman traveled across the continent, soaking the ink of the wilds and the urban into his pen. His poetry is an invitation into the wilds of Nature and human nature.

In Meditations of Walt Whitman, editor Chris Highland pairs 60 short selections from Whitman’s poetry with a relevant quote from a historical or contemporary writer and thinker, from Aristotle to Alice Walker, Lord Byron to Arthur C. Clarke. Take this pocket-size guide with you on backpacks, nature hikes, and camping trips. Let Whitman’s words enrich your experience as you ponder the wilderness from riverbank, mountaintop, or as you relax beside your campfire.

Inside you’ll find:

  • 60 inspiring selections of poetry from Walt Whitman
  • Relevant text from other philosophical minds
  • Short excerpts for convenient reading

This sampler from Whitman’s poems draws from the heart of each passage. Let Whitman’s words accompany you on your own trails of discovery and help you discover the earth, your likeness.

Additional information

Weight 5.5 oz
Dimensions 5 × 8 in

Chris Highland



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Illustration Notes

Eight B&W photos



Publication Date



Wilderness Press


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