looking ahead

November 20, 2018

We’ve mentioned the Poetry Coalition several times before. Now the Academy of American Poets has announced the theme for the Coalition’s third year of programming to take place nationwide throughout March 2019. Programs in 11 cities will explore the theme “What Is It, Then, Between Us?: Poetry & Democracy.”

The question “What is it, then, between us?” is an excerpt from the poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” by Walt Whitman. In addition to Whitman being recognized as a poet whose work forged a new kind of American poetry, which both expresses democratic ideals and contains painful truths about our country’s origin, throughout 2019, many libraries, museums, schools, and cultural organizations will be marking the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth, which took place on May 31, 1819.

These are culturally important conversations. Local programming related to the theme is encouraged. Watch for more information on events in the region and follow developments at #PoetryCoalition and @Poetsorg.

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