...[Whitman] wrote the first version of ['Song of Myself'] in 1855, but the idea in the poem is just to talk about the diversity — not just amongst Americans or between Americans — but within every individual American themselves. It just is a massive canvas to work from. It allows us therefore to go forward in Alabama and really capture not just a small part of Alabama, but a pretty sprawling lot of people.
~Jennifer Crandall, filmmaker
Whitman, Alabama is a project by Jennifer Crandall, who has spent two years "inviting people to look into a camera and share a part of themselves through the words of Walt Whitman."
She says: "Whitman, Alabama, est. 2017, is an experiment in revealing those threads that tie us together—as individuals, as states, as a nation, inside of a shared universe. All of us poets. And so, in that spirit, we invite you to be with us. To take part. To see and hear the whole. To exist as you are; that is enough."
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Today's Little Ditty has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Michelle!