Celebrate Walt Whitman's 200th
birthday this year by listening to the Roundtown Players and other community members read and then personally reflect upon Whitman's visionary poem: Crossing
Brooklyn Ferry. This event will take place at Canal Park, located at 23352 Canal Road, Circleville.
This is part of a national reading of
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry throughout 2019 put on by Happy Birthday Walt Whitman:
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry is an
inspiring and sweeping poem that serves as a fantastic introduction to Whitman.
It touches many of the themes common to his poetry: time, death,
democracy, cataloging the world, and our interconnectedness with each other and
nature. Whitman had an optimistic vision for a democratic, egalitarian America,
and Crossing Brooklyn Ferry speaks emphatically, if
indirectly, to a vision that we feel is particularly relevant today. Also, we
just can't resist responding to Whitman's suggestion that he's looking over our
shoulder as we read the poem, enjoying our company. We hope so, Walt!
Closer yet I approach
What thought you have of me now, I had as much of you-I laid in my stores in
I consider'd long and seriously of you before you were born.
Who was to know what
should come home to me?
Who knows but I am enjoying this?
Who knows, for all the distance, but I am as good as looking at you now, for
all you cannot see me?