Happy Birthday Walt Whitman

Today marks the birthday of the late, great poet Walt Whitman. To celebrate his life and work I’ve thought it be apt to share a poem of his. Katie Hale also posted one of his most famous poems on this blog not long ago. ‘O Captain! My Captain!’ . To view this post click here.

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

EVENT

Here it is: the one you’ve all been waiting for.

Our first event! *cue excited squeals*

When?
3:00 pm, Saturday 26th May, 2012.
(Yes, we know the ‘2012’ bit was probably fairly obvious, but we put it in just to avoid confusion.)

Where?
Deptford Lounge
9 Giffin Street
Deptford
SE8 4RJ

For those of you who don’t know Deptford Lounge already, shame on you. It’s an amazing new venue – so new, they haven’t even got their website up and running yet, but you can check them out on twitter here.

What?
This event will be a reading – or rather, a set of readings / poetry performances. It will be in two blocks (probably around 20 minutes each), with a short gap in between for anyone who wants to grab a coffee from Deptford Lounge’s cafe.

Want to be involved? Of course you do! There are two ways to do that:

1) Sit at home in front of your computer, and read this post. Then, once the event is over, have a scroll through our photos and think to yourself,  ‘That looks like a good event’.

2) Come on down and support us! The reading will be in the library itself, so there will hopefully be a fair few people milling around anyway, looking at books or drinking coffee. But the more people we have, the better. At the moment, we’re viewing this as the unofficial launch of [insert text here], so it would be wonderful if there were lots of people there to cheer us on!

So, just a quick recap:

3:00pm, Saturday 26th May, Deptford Lounge.

See you there!