Taylor Mac: Whitman in the Woods.

S2021 E1 | FULL EPISODE

Native Moments 1

Taylor Mac performs the first of three interpretations of Walt Whitman's "Native Moments" in glamorous drag costume and makeup inspired by the woodland surroundings of the Lower Hudson Valley.

AIRED: April 04, 2021 | 0:02:12
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[ Crickets chirping, fire crackling ]

Native moments.

When you come upon me...

You're here now.

Give me now libidinous joys only.

Give me life, course and rank.

Give me the drench of my passions.

Today, I consort with nature's darlings --

tonight, too.

I am for those who believe in loose delights.

I share the midnight orgies of young men.

I dance with the dancers and drink with the drinkers.

The echoes ring with our indecent calls.

I pick some low person for my dearest friend.

He shall be rude, lawless, illiterate.

He shall be one condemned by others for deeds done.

I will play a part no longer.

Why should I separate myself from my companions?

Oh, you shunned persons.

I at least do not shun you.

I come forthwith in your midst.

I will be your poet.

I will be more to you than to any of the rest.

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