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200 years and there is plenty of evidence that Walt Whitman is very, very alive. And yet, there is plenty to reveal he is sadly absent. These days, we need his spirit and his funk more than ever. 200 years. Pick up Song of Myself and read one section a week (there are 52 sections) and we will bring him back- To Stay!
The "Father of the Free Verse,"- our town's very own Walt Whitman was an extraordinary essayist, journalist, and poet. Whitman was a controversial humanist who brought aspects of both realism and transcendentalism into his works. Whitman struggled to recieve both recognition and compensation for his works when he first began writing, specifically his most famous work, Leaves of Grass. His writing was considered to be extremely controversial due to his mentioning of sexuality and broad thinking. Whitman fell in love with the written word at an early age through reading classic works of Shakespeare, Dante, and Homer, along with the bible. Other than just being a writer, Whitman made a living through teaching and journalism. He continued working on his writing within newspapers, constantly developing his unique style. One of his great advocates, Ralph Waldo Emerson, praised him publically through his first release of Leaves of Grass. Whitman was praised for his non-conformist way of writing, as he was known to have little to no form, meter or rhyme.
Preface to Leaves of Grass-
Love the earth and sun and the animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others,
Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,
Have patience and indulgence toward the people.
Our Dear Cool Father
2019 CSPA Awards
Congratulations, again, to the Xanadu community for the Gold with Distinction Columbia University Crown Award. This award honors the top online student publications chosen from those of its members. 1,100 literary/art magazines were judged and were considered Gold Finalists with All Columbia Honors. Much thanks to the many hands and hearts who contribute to the magazine. We are the only New York magazine to accomplish this title.
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Our magazine prides itself on diversity amongst its artists. We are publication run by students, for the student body. Here you will find lifetime creators and students who have built and shared someting for the first time. We like to include all things that might inspire more creation. More voices.
Just take a walk around our gallery and you will be dazzled. Truly dazzled. Read a few poems and prose pieces and reflect on the voices and craft. Visit the art section and disappear into the oils and acrylics, the water colors and charcoals. Imagine the eyes of our photographers and love what they have shared. Go to the music page and listen to the TSDC live performances. Enjoy the raw unproduced spirit of those musicians and spoken word poets.
This is a good place. A place that believes creation is activism. That the more we create, the more we exist. And that a community of thoughtful sharing is a strong and beautiful place.
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