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Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself

Location

Granite Prospect

Date

Sunday, September 15, 2024

Time

3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Walt Whitman Initiative's annual open public reading of Walt Whitman's celebrated poem.

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September 15 @ 3:00 pm 8:00 pm

The Walt Whitman Initiative’s annual “Song of Myself” Marathon is an open public reading of Walt Whitman’s celebrated poem.

Readers volunteer to recite the 52 sections of “Song of Myself”, often personalizing their reading with an interpretation through song, dance, translation into different languages, musical accompaniment, or other original means. If interested, check back for registration!

The 52 sections are performed sequentially without an intermission. Audience attendees are invited to sit on the Granite Prospect steps facing readers, while enjoying views of Manhattan Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge and East River.

The podium has a microphone that is connected to two speakers to amplify the recitations. A limited number of chairs will be available for those for whom sitting on the steps is difficult or uncomfortable.

Walt Whitman lovers may also want to join the day before for the Walt Whitman Walking Tour on Saturday, September 14!

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Walt Whitman Song of Myself

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Walt Whitman Marathon photo Paula Berg

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