Book fest spotlight: Whitman in canoes on the Gowanus at dawn

Doesn’t that just have a nice ring to it? If you’d like to get up early, get some exercise and celebrate Brooklyn’s most beloved poet (not to mention the erstwhile editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle), meet the Gowanus Dredgers club at their boathouse at 165 2nd St. on Sept. 18 at 7:00 a.m. for a reading of Walt Whitman’s poetry from aboard canoes on the Gowanus Canal. 

If canoeing a notoriously toxic waterbody/federal Superfund Site isn’t really your thing, you can opt to listen to the poetry from a safe perch above the canal on the Carroll Street Bridge instead. Audience members will arrive there at 7:45 a.m.

The reading is an official part of the Brooklyn Book Festival presented by the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club and the Walt Whitman Initiative. The event is free and open to the public.

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