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Branching Out Milwaukee: Carl Phillips on Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman and the American Voice
Sep 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm
In his talk, Carl Phillips will explore the ways in which Whitman is among the first to stake out forbidden territory (race, masculinity, morality) for American poetry and to find a form that persuasively enacts the poem’s content. He will also consider the ways in which Whitman’s poems continue to have a contemporary resonance and to illustrate what it has meant and continues to mean, on so many levels, to be American, for better and for worse.
A joint initiative with the Poetry Society of America, Branching Out: Poetry for the 21st Century is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.