by Walt Whitman
Celebrated at the Lincoln Memorial,
This performance of Whitman's poem was celebrated at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. during the August 27, 2020 March on Washington. It was created through an collaboration of strangers who attended the event and narrated by voice artist Terrence Flint.
By Rumi (Translated by Coleman Barks)
Celebrated at Kettle Moraine State Forest
This Poetry in the Parks film was celebrated in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Pike Lake Wisconsin, in May 2021. In a beautiful recitation by Charlotte Schneider, listeners are reminded that under the trees' canopies our egos have no choice but to diminish, making room for something more sublime.
by Ross Gay
Celebrated at Georgetown Waterfront Park,
So what does a tree as voluptuous as the redbud have to teach the park person about desire? A whole heck of a lot, it seems. In his poem "Ode to the Redbud," poet Ross Gay layers image onto sinewy image, leaving his audience breathless with the bloom of the redbud again.
A Poem by Jean Toomer;
Celebrated at Shenandoah River State Park
Born in Washington D.C., Jean Toomer was a poet who crossed and re-crossed America’s many conceptual borders.In her reading of his poem “Tell Me,” poet Kim B Miller draws out the passionate life of this poet and seeker, giving him voice once again.