Just in time for the 202nd Anniversary of Poe's Birthday we've posted six new videos related to Poe: his three burials, his ideas on aesthetics, some sources for his horror stories, the cemetery where "Helen" and the Allan family is buried, movie posters, and more.
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!
For the historic reading this Friday at Poe's grave, there are still other MD poets to choose to read who have not been spoken for.
You can see a list of them on this map. They include Lucille Clifton, John Tabb, Ebenezer Cook, Dr. John Shaw, Edward Pinkney, Sidney Lanier, and James Ryder Randall. Others are Dorothy Parker, Francis Scott Key, Ogden Nash, and Mattie Stepanek.
In fact, we would especially be pleased if someone would come and read the entire original version of "Maryland, My Maryland." Remarks about whether or not it should be the State song are fine as well. We are documenting the poetry of our dead poets, and sometimes that includes living issues.
OK, all ye bards of Baltimore, due to popular demand (and the fervent desire of Dedgar the Poemobile), the Maryland Dead Poets Bash is going to take place at midnight (rain or moonshine) on May 21st.
Come armed with a poem by one of Maryland's Dead Poets as we toast our literary predecessors with a feast of POEtry. One of the docent's at Westminster Hall will let us in on the story of the several burials of Poe.
Westminster has graciously given us permission for this event. You won't want to miss the historic reading on the Dead Poets Grand Tour 2010
Maryland's Dead Poet Map
is now online. Get out your cameras and your maps and help put
Maryland's Dead Poets Back on the Map!
Did you know that Francis Scott
Key has more graves than Poe -- Three. Did you know the composer of the State song is buried in Georgia? Or that one of the groundbreaking modernist writers who live in Baltimore is buried in Paris, France?