New World does not mean New England. New World means non-European; it means new; it means big; it means heterogeneous; it means unknown; it means free; it means an end to feudalism, caste, privilege, and the violence of power. It means wild in the sense that a tree growing away from the earth enacts a wild event. It means democratic in the sense that, as Whitman wrote:

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than
the journey-work of the stars . . .
And a mouse is miracle enough to stagger
sextillions of infidels

June Jordan
Shiraz Abdullahi Gallab
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"For the Sake of a People's Poetry: Walt Whitman and the Rest of Us," 1980

(quoting "Song of Myself," by Walt Whitman)

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