Brooklyn has a rich literary history. Many noteworthy authors have called Kings County home and even more have found the place inspiring. Walt Whitman falls into both camps. The great American poet once lived in the borough and his famous collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, was written here (just a few short blocks from where I live). And, of course, there is his poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”.
Walt Whitman was born May 31, 1819. Last Friday marked the 194th anniversary of his birth. That evening I joined with others to celebrate his life, work and the borough of Brooklyn by taking a walking tour of his old stomping grounds. The route included many stops; punctuated with readings from is work. The celebration is continuing on Saturday and it is a “Leisure for Less” worthy event because poetry should be heard and shared. Also, this event gives you a chance to be a spectator and a participant. Lastly, this event is “Leisure for Less” worthy because –
Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
And who couldn’t benefit from that kind of experience.
Here are the details:
What: Walt Whitman in the Afternoon
The Whitman Project presents a reading of Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn-related work, including The Centenarian’s Story; related musical selections performed by contralto Nicole Mitchell; a presentation of Whitman memorabilia by collector Ed Centeno; and an open audience reading of their favorite Whitman pieces.
When: June 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm
Where: Proteus Gowanus
534 Union Street/Corner of Nevins (Enter down the alleyway off Nevins)
- Happy 194th birthday, Walt Whitman! (theweeklynabe.wordpress.com)