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Walt Whitman wrote that “the US themselves are basically the best poem,” and in a Whitmanian mood I might argue that Frederick Wiseman is the best American poet.

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It’s true that he works in pictures relatively than traces of verse, that the folks in his films communicate in plain prose and that his personal voice is rarely heard onscreen, however to pin his work underneath the documentary rubric appears more and more deceptive. Poetry looks like a greater classification. A Wiseman movie — the…

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