Walt Whitman Celebration in Brooklyn

Tomorrow July, 1st from 5pm- Midnight, Issue Project Room is celebrating The Brooklyn Heights Association’s 100th Anniversary with the event “I Do Not Doubt That I am Limitless: Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn”. The free event “will channel the psychedelic spirit of the poet, journalist, humanist and Brooklynite, Walt Whitman”. It will be at the beautiful Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn of the new Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Today’s Wall Street Journal had an article on the event:
“It’s going to be a Whitman freak-out jam by the waterfront… a mobile, marathon reading of “Leaves of Grass” begins at 5 p.m. and occurs all over the park, Animal Collective sidekicks Prince Rama will mix Sanskrit chants and synthesizers, and Shannon Fields, from the band Stars Like Fleas, will lead a seven-piece ensemble… Other performers, from avant-garde jazz bassist Henry Grime to funk and folk acts, will lend music to Whitman’s words.”

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Walt Whitman he is one of the most influential poets of the American cannon. Some of his most significant works are the poems “Pioneers! O Pioneers!” and “Song of Myself” which are both in the epic poem “Leaves of Grass”. “Leaves of Grass” stirred up a lot of controversy in its time because of it’s overt sexuality. His sexuality is often debated by biographers but he is often noted as being bisexual or homosexual.

He was deeply influenced by deism and embraced all religions equally. He was a realist and a transcendentalist. He also greatly influenced the Beat movement of the 1950s and 60s and its leaders Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.

I just found out about the event today which is why I didn’t post it sooner. Hopefully those of you who live in NYC can make it, it should be fun and I plan on going.

For more information on the event visit Issue Project Room.

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