Every Atom | No. 73

Neil de la Flor and Maureen Seaton

Introduction to Every Atom by project curator Brian Clements

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On the Occasion of His Birthday, Whitman 


Whitman was a Gemini, loyal and easy-going.

Also nosy, untidy, and prone to prevarication.


He was gold, a wall of forevers, a tidy room

inside a house with one room. He fractaled


into plots of synesthesia and chutzpah, a man

in a time of many men, a time inside a time.


When he pivoted and sang, the ya-honkiness of 

his voice swayed men into hats and talismans,


footholds, and spotted hawks. He lay on his

deathless bed and left the world glowing.

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Neil de la Flor is a writer, educator, artist and Executive Director of Reading Queer, a Knight-funded organization dedicated to promoting queer literary culture in South Florida.


Maureen Seaton has authored twenty-one poetry collections, both solo and collaborative, most recently, Sweet World (CavanKerry, 2019) and Fisher (Black Lawrence, 2018). With Neil de la Flor, she edited Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos(Anhinga, 2018). Seaton is a professor of creative writing at the University of Miami. 


Cover art by Brian Pals