“Starting from fish-shape Paumanok where I was born,
… I strike up for a New World.” – Walt Whitman
Join us to celebrate Long Island’s great American poet, Walt Whitman. Canio’s Cultural Cafe’s marathon reading of Leaves of Grass honors Whitman’s birthday, May 31 (born 1819). Community poets, actors and others will read a selection of Whitman’s most loved poems from Leaves of Grass.
We invite you to come listen, read and celebrate. Support the Marathon and our not-for-profit Canio’s Cultural Cafe by sponsoring a poem. You can even have your photograph taken with “Walt” outside the shop!
Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m. Pre-Marathon Event, “Whitman on Long Island” with William T. Walter, President, Walt Whitman Birthplace
Saturday, May 21, 10 – 6 p.m. MARATHON Reading at Canio’s Books
Saturday, May 21, 6 to 7:30pm After PARTY at Canio’s
Poetry is meant to be heard. It speaks to the ears and heart, so don’t miss this marvelous way to experience Whitman’s words live. Register to read a poem. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631.725.4926.
Reserve a seat at our Pre-Marathon scholar’s talk Friday, May 20, 5 p.m. with Karen Karbiener, Whitman expert who leads a Marathon read at the Brooklyn Bridge in June.
SPONSOR A POEM:
You can sponsor a poem with a donation at the following levels with our heartfelt thanks. The list of poems is below for your selection.
$50 – listing in our program
$100 – listing in our program and commemorative button
$200 – listing in our program, commemorative button, Leaves of Grass book
$500 – all of the above, plus Canio’s canvas bag
We look forward to seeing you at Canio’s Cultural Cafe’s Walt Whitman Marathon Reading, the weekend of May 20/21.
WALT WHITMAN MARATHON Selected POEMS
One’s-Self I Sing
To Foreign Lands
Beginning My Studies
To the States
I Hear America Singing
Poets to Come
Starting from Paumanok
Song of Myself
CHILDREN OF ADAM
I Sing the Body Electric
Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
Song of the Answerer
A Song for Occupation
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life
BY THE ROADSIDE
A Boston Ballad
Europe the 72nd and 73rd Years of These States
When I Heard the Learned Astronomer
Come Up from the Fields, Father
MEMORIES OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d
O Captain! My Captain!
There was a Child Went Forth
Who Learns My Lesson Complete?
To Think of Time
WHISPERS OF HEAVENLY DEATH
A Noiseless Patient Spider
A Paumanok Picture
FROM NOON TO STARRY NIGHT
To a Locomotive in Winter
A Clear Midnight
SANDS AT SEVENTY (First Annex)
From Montauk Point
SONGS OF PARTING