Resources for Book & Poetry Groups

“And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence are more to me, and more in my meditations, than you might suppose.”
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry


Book Clubs & Poetry Groups

Book and poetry groups, whether in or out of schools, whether through Meetup, Great Books, Rumpus, or elsewhere, are ideal gatherings for reading Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. You love literature and poetry, and you already know that Whitman is the father of free verse. Sharing in a reading of this great poem will remind you of your love for Whitman and will help you understand where he fits in to the history of American writing and democracy. As Whitman scholar Ed Folsom has written: 

“No American writer has been more influential, nationally and internationally, than Walt Whitman. Poets from his time to our own, in the United States and around the world, have talked back to Whitman, carrying on the conversation that he initiated over 150 years ago—a dialogue about democracy, poetry, love, death, and the endless permutations of life that he believed would define America and eventually produce a republic equal to its ideals.

It is difficult to become a poet in the United States without at some point coming to grips with Whitman, answering the challenge that he issued to future generations, to the “Poets to come”: “I myself but write one or two indicative words for the future,” he said, “Expecting the main things from you” 

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