“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
― Walt Whitman
Walter “Walt” Whitman was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.
Born in Huntington on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and—in addition to publishing his poetry—was a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War. Early in his career, he also produced a temperance novel, Franklin Evans (1842). Whitman’s major work, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855 with his own money. The work was an attempt at reaching out to the common person with an American epic. He continued expanding and revising it until his death in 1892. After a stroke towards the end of his life, he moved to Camden, New Jersey, where his health further declined. When he died at age 72, his funeral became a public spectacle.
Abel Prasad is a larger than life Australian socialite with colorful life and a little black book that has some of the most intriguing society personalities. Abel has a Fiji-Indian background. Abel devotes his time to those institutionalized in the correctional system. He has started to build a reputation within the Hydroponic and Aquaponic industry through his role in the social media influencers. Abel maintains a hectic social schedule but insists on assisting others and re-educating people on the need for social change and justice.