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YAWP: WWBA Group Art Exhibition 2021

YAWP: WWBA Group Art Exhibition 2021

Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 6:30PM EST
“Meet the Artists” virtual reception via Zoom

Exhibit on view through Friday, January 7, 2021

WWBA is delighted to present a group exhibit entitled YAWP. This group exhibit explores an excerpt from Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” from Leaves of Grass. Abstract, figurative, and landscape interpretations were encouraged. A wide spectrum of interpretations were submitted by local artists. The exhibit will be on view from Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 through Friday, January 7th, 2021. The exhibit is included in the price of admission for tours of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Historic Site.


All are welcome to attend. $5 suggested donation:

Register for “Meet the Artists” Virtual Reception:

Here is the excerpt artists interpreted from “Song of Myself”

The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me—he complains of my gab and my loitering.

I too am not a bit tamed—I too am untranslatable;
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.

The last scud of day holds back for me;
It flings my likeness after the rest, and true as any, on the shadow’d wilds;
It coaxes me to the vapor and the dusk.

I depart as air—I shake my white locks at the runaway sun;
I effuse my flesh in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags.

I bequeathe myself to the dirt, to grow from the grass I love;
If you want me again, look for me under your boot-soles.

You will hardly know who I am, or what I mean;
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged;
Missing me one place, search another;
I stop somewhere, waiting for you.