Whitman sampler

This is a truly lovely 28 minutes, three poets of diverse backgrounds (Eamon Grennan, Major Jackson, and Patiann Rogers) coming together to talk about, read, and riff on the work of Walt Whitman, egged on by the ever-enthusiastic Michael Silverblatt. One of them mentions how Vincent van Gogh had been reading Leaves of Grass when he set about painting “Starry Night,” and soon enough we’re hearing “When I Heard the Learned Astronomer” as it all falls dazzlingly into place.


A Whitman Tribute,” KCRW’s Bookworm, 2 April 2009

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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