Leaves of Grass
Influenced heavily by Transcendentalism, Walt Whitman’s explosive style of free verse was innovative and influential for its time. 150 years later, it may not be as scandalous as it was in 1855, but it’s certainly just as beautiful.
If you’re not a regular poetry reader (read: most of us) Leaves of Grass is wonderfully accessible. Start or stop anywhere and enjoy delightfully crafted poems on subjects ranging from nature to sex to the horrors of war.