It's not Emerson and it's not Whitman...
The greatest American poet is Chuck Berry.
As is often the case with great poets, they have their foibles...
Drugs, booze, the entire spectrum of sexual perversion, and so forth.
But they're poets, for God's sake... let's cut them some slack!
Chuck Berry is without a doubt the greatest American poet of all time.
Southern Trust and Greyhound Bus and kiss my ass, it never gets better than that.