One Hour of Madness and Joy A Virtual Salon for Walt Whitman's Birthday Sunday, May 31 at 5 pm PST on zoom
A self taught man from a humble rural background, Walt Whitman was hailed by the next generation of writers as the "voice of America" and "the New World's Dante and Homer". Though his oft-difficult life included bouts of intense poverty and the horrors of witnessing the Civil War, Whitman's earthy exuberance is a model of hope, joy and embodiment. Through his poetry that honored nature, democracy, love and friendship, Whitman become a bridge between Transcendentalism and Realism and a beacon to courageously embrace and celebrate our own uniqueness as individuals. “His is the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed", lauded Ralph Waldo Emerson.
On the 201st anniversary of Whitman's birth, join storyteller Hari Meyers and musician, mythologist and cultural historian Kayleen Asbo for celebration of the iconoclastic writer through poetry, story and song as we explore the perennial importance and relevance of the Grandfather of American Verse for our world.
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