Walt Whitman, often called the father of free verse, is a powerhouse of American poetry. His collection, Leaves of Grass, is regarded as one of the finest compilations of poetry ever written. So, what did the man have to say about the act of writing?
“The secret of it all, is to write in the gush, the throb, the flood, of the moment – to put things down without deliberation – without worrying about their style – without waiting for a fit time or place. I always worked that way. I took the first scrap of paper, the first doorstep, the first desk, and wrote – wrote, wrote…By writing at the instant the very heartbeat of life is caught.” — Walt Whitman