Singing Whitman In His 200th Year
October 18, 2019
Celebrate the bicentennial of Walt Whitman, one of America’s most significant and influential poets, with a sung performance by Daniel Redman of the complete 45-poem Calamus set from the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass. Whitman described these poems as his “frailest leaves”—and they are some of his most beautiful and powerful, drawing on themes of love, democracy, friendship, loss, queerness and difference.
Over the last decade, Redman has set 75 of Whitman’s poems to music, and his project has been covered by the Poetry Foundation, Tablet, Lambda Literary, and SF Weekly. In 2011, poet and filmmaker Kevin Simmonds made a short film about Redman’s project, titled “Singing Whitman,” which can be found here.