Read the great article that appeared in Tufts Daily this week about the 1st of its kind event.
Holmes was a poet and Tufts professor whose work and teaching had a major influence on Anne Sexton, Maxine Kunim, John Ciardi and others. He died in 1962 and this 5:30 PM celebration is believed to be the first such gathering at his grave since then.
"This is the 5th years the poetry community has celebrated Dead Poets Remembrance Day in Massachusetts," said Walter Skold "And since Holmes' grave has just been newly rediscovered, it is appropriate to have our 2014 gathering there."
"It is also fitting that in the year of Maxine Kunim's death, we celebrate the poetry of her most-influential teacher, John Holmes," he added.
The public is invited to attend the celebration, which will start at 5:30 PM. The public is invited to bring a poem to read of any of the Tufts-related poets, which are Holmes, Sexton, Kunim, and Ciardi. Other invited readers will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.
Medford resident and Tufts graduate, Charles Skold, will read a selection of poetry from the Puritan poetess, Jane Turell. Turell died young and was buried in the old burying grounds in Medford. It has only been recently she has been resurrected into the early-American literary canon as the voices of women have been more widely acknowledged.