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poetry Walt Whitman: Citizen Poet

May 31, 2019, is the 200th birthday of the seminal American poet

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In honor of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday, the Poetry Foundation presents Walt Whitman: Citizen Poet. Produced and directed by Haydn Reiss and Zinc Films, this short film introduces an American original whose influence on contemporary poets remains vital, and whose work helped define a young democracy's promise and its bold, independent identity. Whitman's poetry unites us in freedom and our compassionate, common humanity.