There are several spoons for Longfellow; how about Whitman?I want a souvenir spoon of Walt Whitman for stirring my coffee while I’m posturing in some cafe, sipping and writing down my poetic thoughts. I want a spoon of real silver, ornate in the style of the 19th century models, richly wrought and heavily engraved. A figure of Whitman could top the handle, based on that 1854 engraving where he stands in his shirtsleeves, hat cocked, one hand in pocket, the other on hip, although even he would probably prefer something from one of the Brady portraits, the head in bas relief; and below, a hardbound copy of Leaves of Grass, maybe a Union flag or some visual reference to Lincoln— lilacs entwined around the handle. In the bowl, a poem title (“I Hear America Singing” or “Song of Myself”). I’d use that spoon to stir my coffee and to take grains of salt in large doses when I congratulate myself on my scribblings, when I tell myself I can write poetry.
Nudge: Create an imaginary commemorative souvenir of your favorite writer. Identify the writer and describe the item, explaining what it represents and how it relates to the writer and his/her work. It can be serious or parody (a Sylvia Plath commemorative bell jar, for example).