Talking Back to Whitman Family Origins Walt Whitman, arguably America's most influential and innovative poet, was born into a working class family in West Hills on Long Island, on May 31,just thirty years after George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the newly formed United States. Walt Whitman was named after his father, a carpenter and farmer who was 34 years old when Whitman was born. Trained as a carpenter but struggling to find work, he had taken up farming by the time Walt was born, but when Walt was just about to turn four, Walter Sr.
They were raised in the Christian Science faith of their mother. Gray and his brothers grew up in BarringtonRhode Island, spending summers at their grandmother's house in NewportRhode Island.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in InGray moved to San FranciscoCaliforniawhere he became a speaker and teacher of poetry at the Esalen Institute. Inwhile Gray was vacationing in Mexico City, his mother committed suicide at age She had suffered from depression.
Gray's books Impossible Vacation and Sex and Death to the Age 14 are largely based on his childhood and early adulthood. Career[ edit ] Gray began his theater career in New York in the late s.
He worked with them from tobefore leaving the company to focus on his monologue work. During this time, he also appeared in adult filmshaving a featured role in Farmer's Daughters and appearing in Radley Metzer 's Maraschino Cherry  Gray first achieved prominence in the United States with the film version of his monologue Swimming to Cambodia.
He had performed this monologue in New York City, and published it as a book in He adapted it as a film indirected by Jonathan Demme.
This work was based on his experience in Thailand during filming a small role in The Killing Fieldsabout the war in Cambodia.
In Gray traveled to Nicaragua with Office of the Americas. He wrote an unproduced screenplay based on the experience. Some of his experiences there were documented in Monster in a Box.
He continued to write and perform monologues until his death. They married and she became his collaborator. Gray's success with his monologues brought him various supporting movie roles. InGray published his only novel, Impossible Vacation.
The novel reflects elements of Gray's life, including his upbringing as a Christian Scientist ,[ clarification needed ] his WASP background, and his mother's suicide.
Gray wrote a subsequent monologue related to his experiences in writing and promoting this book, entitled Monster in a Box. During an interview in with film critic Edward VilgaGray was asked whether the movie industry was "confused" by his writings and roles. My insides are not what my outsides are.
I'm not who I appear to be. When I was performing one year ago at this time in Israel, a review came out in Hebrew about Monster in a Box, and it read, "Spalding Gray is funny, sometimes hilarious, wonderfully neurotic for a non-Jew. Gray referred to his style of monologue as resulting from a sort of "poetic journalism.
In the crash, Gray suffered a broken hip, which left his right leg almost immobilized, and a fracture in his skull. During surgery on his skull, a titanium plate was placed over the break after surgeons removed dozens of bone fragments from his frontal cortex.
A jagged scar on his forehead was a reminder of the injury. He struggled to recover from his injuries and a severe depression that set in some time after the accident. He had already struggled intermittently with depression in his life. Sacks later said Gray perceived the taking of his own life as part of what he had to say, with the monologuist having "talked about what he called 'a creative suicide.
I was at pains to say that he would be much more creative alive than dead.
The night before his disappearance, he had taken his children to see Tim Burton 's film Big Fish. It ends with the line, "A man tells a story over and over so many times he becomes the story.
In that way, he is immortal. I just think it gave him permission. I think it gave him permission to die.Poem Late Ferry by Robert Gray. Journey comments in b lue.
The Poet, Robert Gray takes the reader on an imaginative journey as he describes the movement of a ferry travelling up the harbour towards Sydney. We observe the progression of the boat through the eyes of a first person persona ; eg.
Robert Gray's 'Late Ferry' ‘Late Ferry’ On a literal level the poem is about a person standing on a balcony. Through thorough analysis of Robert Gray’s poem ‘Late Ferry’ we have been encouraged to articulate the many notions behind what motivates, inspires and what is ultimately derived from embarking on journeys.
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CONTENTS ‘Late Ferry’: an analysis Robert Gray on ‘Diptych’ travelling scholarship, and a number of writer in residencies at universities here and overseas. An excerpt from “Robert Gray shows how the ordinary can be sublime. ROBERT GRAY'S POETRY Emily Bosco • Anthony Bosco HSC ENGLISH: ROBERT GRAY'S POETRY Robert Gray’s ‘The Meatworks’ and ‘Late Ferry’ discussed with relation to David Suzuki’s prescribed Robert Gray poems.
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