… still a young nation …

It was nothing less than a privilege to meet up with America’s greatest poet in his hometown, Brooklyn!

What a city!  So much happening, how to keep track? If I hadn’t happened to know an organizer, I might not have known about the Walt Whitman and the Arts in Brooklyn, held in the Library of The Brooklyn Museum on May 2.

Most startling was mezzo-soprano Nicole Mitchell who, simply arising from her place, filled the room with her deep, gospel singer’s voice, without accompaniment and with startling power, singing Stephen Foster’s “Oh! Susannah” (most popular song of the 19th Century, Whitman had written about it).