Walt Whitman changed the voice of poetry. He sought to create “a new gospel of beauty”: an American voice. He escaped the Classic Structures demanded of verse, and gave us the free form voice that has become standard today. His work influenced the beat movement and its leaders such as Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg, anti-war poets and even Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Whitman served as a volunteer in military hospitals during the civil war. The last chapter of his life took place in the hard working town of Camden, NJ and he took refuge in nature at the Stafford Farmhouse in Laurel Springs when he suffered a stroke but survived to become the “Good Grey Poet”
The program is free but please pre-register at the library or by calling (856)783-0602. Refreshments will be served. For further info contact Library Director Alfred Encarnacion at ext. 204
David S. Taylor grew up in Southern New Jersey. He received a B.A. in Speech and Theatre from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and he holds a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Maine. Taylor has been a first person interpreter for over 10 years. In Philadelphia he regularly plays Independence Hall as Benjamin Franklin. He has considerable experience portraying a number of other characters, primarily throughout Pa and NJ, including Captain Gideon Olmstead, Walt Whitman, George Washington and others.