Walt Whitman's Song of Myself Marathon

Contribute your barbaric yawp to the twelfth annual “Song of Myself” Marathon! Hosted by Whitman scholar and NYU professor Karen Karbiener.

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The Marathon will be held on Saturday, June 25 from 4 - 6 pm (readers, please arrive no later than 3:30 pm). We’ll be led off by thunder-voiced poet Martín Espada, and once again be treated to the spectacular view of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, and New York Harbor from the Granite Prospect.

We’re open to the elements and we like it that way— so bring your umbrella if it rains. Like Whitman’s poetry, this event is free and open to all.

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If you’d like to read, please email songofmyselfmarathon@gmail.com with your favorite three sections of “Song of Myself” (using the 1891-‘92 edition’s breakdown of 52 sections). Karen will be in touch with you as the event draws closer, to provide the final list of readers. Original interpretations of yourpassage are encouraged! Last year we had several folks give dramatic or musical interpretations of their passages; others recited from memory or in different languages. So far our youngest reader was Emmanuel at nine years old, and we’ve had guest appearances from two very different Walt Whitmans. Celebrate Whitman and his poem in your own way! (Walt would love that.)

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy reserves the right to cancel due to extreme weather conditions.