For all of you Whitman fans out there (Walt – not his brother Wink):
I recently visited the “Encompassing Multitudes: The Song of Walt Whitman” exhibit at the University of Virginia – a celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of the great American poet. The exhibit – which closes on July 27th – includes a generous amount of information about the poet’s life and numerous and noteworthy copies of the ever-evolving “Leaves of Grass.” Information about the exhibit is HERE.
An additional feature of the exhibit was the inclusion of videos from a documentary series called “Whitman Alabama” – “an ongoing project that brings the poem (“Song of Myself”) to life through the voices of Alabama residents.”
Information about the project is HERE.
From the PBS News Hour about "Whitman Alabama": "The result is a deeply affirmative, wise, strange and sometimes funny set of 52 mini-documentaries or episodes, each dedicated to a different verse. In these videos, Whitman is recited in the most unlikely places: in a drug court, on a baseball field, at a skate park, on a farm, in a plane. "
Check out Verse 1 below: