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Wild for Whitman: The late poet Walt Whitman had a bit of a surge in popularity about a decade ago when his most famous work, Leaves of Grass, was revealed to be a standard-issue seduction tool of then commander-in-chief Bill Clinton. But ol’ Walt has gone through a bit of a fallow period since then. Claire Beckman to the rescue! The artistic director of something called Brave New World Brave New World

Aldous Huxley’s grim picture of the future, where scientific and social developments have turned life into a tragic travesty. [Br. Lit.: Magill I, 79]

See : Dystopia

Brave New World
, Ms. Beckman has conceived and executed a “multimedia theatrical” (uh-oh) adaptation of another Whitman work, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Crossing Brooklyn Ferry is a poem by Walt Whitman, and is part of his collection Leaves of Grass. It describes the ferry trip across the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn. ,” weaving together music, dance and rap (meep!), along with a slide show of historic photos of New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
. The whole shebang will unfold at the Prospect Park Bandshell, ground zero for depressed Park Slope parents. “It was shortly after 9/11 that I became reacquainted with the poem,” said Ms. Beckman, a resident of the quaint but surely soon-to-be-ruined neighborhood of Victorian Flatbush. “I had loved Whitman in college, of course”—of course—“but it had been a long time. I started to reread Verb 1. reread - read anew; read again; "He re-read her letters to him"
read - interpret something that is written or printed; "read the advertisement"; "Have you read Salman Rushdie?"
 Leaves of Grass and found so many wonderful poems about New York. It was very healing. Like most New Yorkers, I felt a tremendous bond with my fellow New Yorkers and I started working on a staged dramatization dram·a·ti·za·tion  
1. The act or art of dramatizing: the dramatization of a novel.

2. A work adapted for dramatic presentation:
 over the next few years.” Well, it honestly sounds sort of kooky, but it’s gotta be better than the “staged dramatizations” we see every day on the F train, crammed into someone’s disgusting armpit arm·pit
The hollow under the upper part of the arm below the shoulder joint, bounded by the pectoralis major, the latissimus dorsi, the anterior serratus muscles, and the humerus, and containing the axillary artery and vein, the infraclavicular part
. We leave you now with some of Uncle Walt’s prophetic words: “Gorgeous clouds of the sun-set! Drench drench

1. to give medicines in liquid form by mouth and forcing the animal to drink. See also drenching.

2. medicines given as a drench.
 with your splendor me, or the men and women generations after me/ Cross from shore to shore, countless crowds of passengers!/Stand up, tall masts of Mannahatta!—stand up, beautiful hills of Brooklyn!” Amen.

[Walt Whitman: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West and 9th Street, Brooklyn, 8 p.m.,]
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Author:Sara Vilkomerson
Publication:The New York Observer
Date:Jul 31, 2007
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