Art in San Francisco - writing,
Mutate

     lifted out of context from
          LEAVES OF GRASS * (by Walt Whitman)

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In San Francisco, Spring/Summer, 1967, I lifted these lines of mystic evolution out of context from the collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman. Together the quoted lines formed a new poem, called "Mutate", as a call to action. A few additions of mine are colored in light blue. Although the work dates from 1967, it was unpublished until 2002.

The hand icons link to the previous or next page in the series. There is a single page with the whole text, if you prefer. See also the related writing, New Species on the Moon and the section on evolution.

San Francisco
Spring-Summer
1967

* The entire Leaves of Grass is on the web. I haven't found the particular edition with the preliminary words used in this lifting. Here is a good discussion of Whitman as mystic.

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