Smile O Voluptuous Coolbreathed Earth! ... / [Allen Crawford] ; [Walt Whitman]


46 x 61 cm; 18" x 24"
circa 2014
Allen Crawford
Walt Whitman
A screen print, printed in red, of Allen Crawford's handwritten text and illustration of lines 17-24 of section 21 of Walt Whitman's poem "Song of Myself": Smile O voluptuous cool-breath'd earth! Earth of the slumbering and liquid trees! Earth of departed sunset, earth of the mountains misty-topt! Earth of the vitreous pour of the full moon just tinged with blue! Earth of shine and dark mottling the tide of the river! Earth of the limpid gray of clouds brighter and clearer for my sake! Far-swooping elbow'd earth, rich apple-blossom'd earth! Smile, for your lover comes. The print is illustrated with a figure of a swimming frog, with its head just above water. This illustration is also used in Crawford's 2014 publication, "Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself." CBA has one copy, this is copy 1, numbered and signed in pencil at the foot of the print: "58/150" "Allen Crawford."