Poetry speaks to each of us at another level, below our consciousness. Like music, it reaches inside to touch us. While most of us first experience poetry read aloud as children, we almost never hear a poem once we’ve grown up. Yet spoken poetry can be a visceral, exhilarating experience. Poetry Speaks 2Go attempts to create (or perhaps recreate) that experience. It is our hope that this introduction to Walt Whitman will be the beginning of a journey for you.
In this enhanced e-book, you’ll find a short biography of Whitman’s life, along with an essay about Whitman written by Galway Kinnell. Perhaps most importantly, we also include audio of this historic poet reading his own work, with a brief introduction by Peabody Award winner Charles Osgood. Hearing Whitman read his own work is a singular experience, one that can’t be replicated by any other actor or orator. Our hope is that this introduction will help you want to explore Whitman on your own, or, at the very least, have a terrific working knowledge of this outstanding poet.