Whitman Community Read 2018

Celebrate Walt Whitman's 199th Birthday with Big Blue Marble Bookstore

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Walt Whitman's "Drum-Taps" Community Read

Monday May 28, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Big Blue Marble Bookstore


Join us for a community-read of Whitman's Drum-Taps, a powerful collection of poems written as witness to the devastation of the Civil War.The poems of Drum-Taps are immediate, sharp, even impressionistic - and carry the palpable grief of having seen 80,000 wounded, and in those bodies the understanding of what war does to the human body and soul.

We need volunteers to read! Email us, and let us know if you have favorite poems or sections that you are desperate to read!

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walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass Community Read

Sunday June 3, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Awbury Arboretum

For our 2nd annual Whitman Community Read, we'll be moving to the beautiful grounds of Germantown's Awbury Arboretum. This year we'll be reading aloud all of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass. The event is free and all are welcome. Please email us to sign up to read favorite poems or sections.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets and snacks or drinks if you like - we'll provide some snacks and also, of course, the Whitman.