Well, Mr. Whitman’s birthday was on Thursday the 31st, and I had vowed to continue celebrating throughout the weekend. My birthday post for my Daddy/Uncle didn’t make it online until a little after midnight in the wee hours of Friday morning, and you can check that out here.
I was thinking of bringing you another reading, or a reading by a new friend, but since I have decided that I want to do some more thorough study of Whitman here on the Dad Poet in the not too distant future, I decided it would be fun bring you a poem written not by him, but “for” him, a poem called “Supermarket in California,” by Allen Ginsberg who just so happened to have been born on this day, June 3rd, 1926. (Honestly, I didn’t plan that. I just found out and came back here to edit this almost an hour later!) This is one of those innovative presentations I spoke of before, apparently done as a poetry project by students. The voice used was Ginsberg’s.
As a side note, I was puzzled by some of the comments about the music and images. I thought they were wonderful, so I made a response of my own. You can click to watch it on YouTube if you want to see that discussion. I can be such a bull dog when responding to what I think is a bullheaded, unnecessary, or arrogant comment. That’s not really a warning, but maybe now that I’ve written it. . . 😉
- Day 30 – 30 Days, 30 Readings: DJB Reads from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” (dadpoet.wordpress.com)
- Daddy Walt, or Uncle Walt? Happy Birthday to My Namesake (dadpoet.wordpress.com)
- Poet Walt Whitman’s Birthday is Thurs 5/31: Celebrate in Silence (onthewilderside.com)
- “Blind, loving, wrestling touch! sheath’d, hooded, sharp-tooth’d touch!” – Walt Whitman (biblioklept.org)
- Wrestling with Uncle Walt (dadpoet.wordpress.com)
- Poetry Friday: Walt Whitman and the Civil War (followingpulitzer.wordpress.com)