The initial report of the historic Dead Poets Grand Tour 2010 is now online.
It chronicles all the places visited and the names of the poets read. From the Report:
started on Shakespeare’s birthday, in Portland, Maine, the 23rd
April, and we ended with a bang 6,500 miles later at the first Boston
Marathon, May 25th. During those 34 days, and with the cooperation of 13
current and former State Poets Laureate, we held a Dead Poets Bash in 19
different States and visited 43 cemeteries!
other readings and interviews we held at poets’ graves and houses were
great as well, including the Lorine Niedecker home, the Carl Sandburg
E.L. Masters home, the Sidney Lanier house, The Virginia Military
The Poe Museum, the Longfellow House and the Woodberry Poetry Room, at
totaled we visited the graves of 75 American poets, and heard the
of over 100 American poets read. Dedgar and the crew kept up a pace of just over 191.18
per day and 2 poets’ graves per day!
You are invited to join Maine poet laureate, Betsy Sholl, and Portland laureate, Stephen Luttrell, along with Maine poets Robert Farnsworth, Martin Steingesser, Megan Grumbling, Ken Nye, Deena Weinstein, and Joyce Pye at the 3rd Maine Dead Poets Bash, this coming Friday, April 23rd, at Portland's Eastern Cemetery.
Besides the invited poets, if you want to read a poem you are welcome to, but there are 2 rules: 1). It must be one poem from one of Maine's past poets; and 2) You need to respond in a comment to this posting and put the name of the poet/poem you want to read. This will help us avoid duplication.
Longfellow, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Phillip Both, Robert Lowell, Louise Bogan, Robert Creeley, Elizabeth Bishop,and David Walkerare already being read.
April 23rd the Dead Poets Grand Tour 2010 will kick-off a 34-day,
21-state trip from Portland, Maine. Once again, Maine leads the nation!
Along the way 13 State Poets
Laureate will be meeting the Tour and holding public readings, where
we'll announce some very exciting news about a new national literary
Come join Maine laureate, Betsy Sholl, Portland laureate, Steve Luttrell, Martin Steingesser, Ken Nye, Megan Grumbling, and other poets as they read from Maine's past poets. The meeting place is going to be Eastern Cemetery, at 12:30 PM, with a rain location just across the street at the North Star Cafe.
You can see the interactive map of the route with the dates of the stops in all 22 States.
If you have the time, please support the North Star Cafe by having lunch or a snack after the reading. :)