If I was WW, where would I be?

September 11th, 2009

I friend of mine came down to visit last weekend.  She’s from Philadelphia and over the summer she was in a play about Walt Whitman’s life.  The coolest thing is that the play was in Camden and they performed it in the graveyard where he’s buried.  When I told her about this class she was stoked and we set out to find Walt for ourselves.  With some poetry, some orange slices and a camera we headed to the Rappahannock.





I know all you UMW kids probably see this all the time.  It’s basically right across the street from us.  I grew up here, so have visited this very spot about a thousand times.  But I tried to look at every detail with the wonder that Walt describes finding in the simplest places.

“Loafe with me on the grass, loose the stop from your throat, 
Not words, not music or rhyme I want, not custom or lecture, not 
even the best, 
Only the lull I like, the hum of your valved voice.”

One Response to “If I was WW, where would I be?”

  1. Avatar of Mara Scanlon Mara Scanlon on September 11, 2009 11:38 am

    Wow! Great post, Courtney, and the play sounds too freaky and wonderful for words.

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