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!
From an article, "A Continuing Conversation with a Poet" which appeared in the Sewanee Review 115.2 (2007) 290-292.
"Since our summer place is situated on an old quarry site, I insisted on Maine granite for Fred's headstone in lieu of the customary Vermont granite ordinarily employed in theregion. A young neighbor, using his tractor after a summer storm had loosened the earth, excavated from those same woods a block of smooth granite, the sides still rough and covered with green lichen. Since it was too massive for one headstone, I asked a local stonecutter to split it into two, leaving the other half for me.
So finally there is the matter of my own inscription, for it is not considered morbid in Maine to incise the stone in advance and leave the date open. Treasuring our years together, the joy of conversation and his gift to me of the ongoing discoveries I would make about his life and poetry, I turned inevitably to the last lines of his book Poems for Paula, from "Envoi": "share now this simple dwelling-place / where timeless, we speak face to face."