Sing a Song of Sixpence, A bag full of Rye, Four and twenty Naughty Boys, Baked in a Pye. It is incredulous that for all the scholars and disciples of Walt Whitman it is C. K. Williams in 2010 who discovers this song originally came from Whitman’s early years as a poet. If that doesn’t motivate you to buy the hand-sized book On Whitman the truth should. Reading the book will renew your great joy in the poet and your skill in reading him on your own.
Protean words, the poet had them beyond his own measure. He sang alone, he sang for all, he wanted to conduct choral America. He succeeded. That is the story Williams tells with expertise and passion. Charles Marlin