Whitman's Long-Line Verse: An Appreciation with Marilyn Chin

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Wednesday, November 15, 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Meeting will take place in the Poetry Center's Alumni Room, Room 205; limit 12 students.  General registration is now open. Register here.  

In this class, we shall read Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and various long-line poems inspired by the great master. From the sacred to the profane, from the beautiful to the enchanting, Whitman’s poetic descendants include Allen Ginsberg, Margaret Walker, June Jordan, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Marilyn Chin, you name them—he has been an important muse for a wide range of poets! The “Whitmanesque” long-line ecstatic form is personal, political, spiritual, and universal and has inspired many generations. Let’s praise Uncle Walt by reading his work out loud and by adding to the excitement with our own “barbaric yawps” and verses. Yes, we shall end the class with a free-write session.