"winders of the circuit of circuits"

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Sun Dec 28 12:50:25 UTC 2008

On Dec 28, 2008, at 02:02, Geoffrey Nunberg wrote:

> Belonging to the winders of the circuit of circuits.

I wouldn't discount the electrical sense, but it might come from a
different angle than you're thinking. Consider this page at Google
Books from "Walt Whitman" by David S. Reynolds.


"Whitman's use of the vocabulary of animal magnetism and electricity
shows the mesmerists' influence. [...] So well attuned to the
electrical theory was Whitman that at times his poetic personal seems
like a bundle of electrical impulses. 'I have instant conductors all
over me whether I pass or stop,' he writes in 'Song of Myself.'"

Reynolds goes on to quote the memorable line, "I sing the body

Grant Barrett
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