Created by Manual Cinema
Produced by Poetry Foundation
Excerpts from “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman
Narrated by Kaveh Akbar, Duriel E. Harris and Yusef Komunyakaa
Directed and Edited by Julia VanArsdale Miller
Music and Sound Design by Ben Kauffman & Kyle Vegter
Director of Photography and Colorist Andrew Morgan for Little Cabin Films
Storyboard by Lizi Breit
Paper Sets by Julia VanArsdale Miller
Puppets by Lizi Breit
Silhouette Puppets by Drew Dir
Digital Animation by Lizi Breit and Julia VanArsdale Miller
Puppeteers Lizi Breit, Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Julia VanArsdale Miller

 It’s difficult to overstate the impact that Walt Whitman has had on American poetry. He was a man ahead of his time. To celebrate his bicentennial this short explores eight segments of Whitman’s central poem, “Song of Myself,” featuring readings by three contemporary poets—Kaveh Akbar, Duriel E. Harris, and Yusef Komunyakaa—and innovative puppetry by Manual Cinema.

Produced by Poetry Foundation