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"Where did Leaves of Grass come from? From Herman Melville’s beautiful poem-in-prose called Mardi? (Read it some time.)"
--Kenneth Patchen, "Whitman, 'our all-aroundest poet,' is culled by Mark Van Doren."Reprinted in Still Another Pelican in the Breadbox, but I found Patchen's review of The Portable Walt Whitman online via Fulton History in the New York PM Daily for 1945. Hard to tell the issue date--looks to be the Sunday magazine, August 12, 1945.
Link to pdf file at Fulton History: