We have now posted forty-three (43) videos
of readings and adventures from the gravesites of famous American
poets. Journey to the graves of Elizabeth Bishop, James Dickey,
Gwendolyn Brooks, Theodore Roethke, Henry Timrod, Robert Penn Warren,
Carl Sandburg and many more.
Hear Lynchburg, VA poet and professor, Jim Peterson, introduce Anne Spencer and then read and discuss her poem "For Jim, Easter Eve" (The Jim in the poem refers to her friend and fellow poet, James Weldon Johnson.)
Come have a Sunday-morning sit down at the grave of poet Robert Hayden, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Watch as the gravestones of Hayden and his wife emerge from the surrounding grass and become the setting for Tombstone Art.
Visit the boyhood home of James Whitcomb Riley in Greenfield, Indiana, and the grave of the original Little Orphant Annie, in the Philadelphia Methodist cemetery just down the road. Hear "Little Orphan Annie" recited in the very kitchen she used to work in when she and Riley were childhood friends.
(The original title of the famous poem was "The Elf Child," then Riley changed it to "Little Orphant Allie" A printer's error was responsible for the final title. The book was selling well and Riley agreed with his printer to keep the mistake as the title.)
Journey to the beautiful back hills of Kentucky to hear Brother Paul Quenon read the work of Thomas Merton and tell stories of the famous poet-monk. Hear Brother Paul, who is also a poet, read "The Trappist Cemetery -- Gethsemani" in the very same, next to Merton's grave.
Hear Poet-Laureate of South Carolina, Marjory Wentworth, introduce the
man once called "The Poet-Laureate of the Confederacy," and read the
poem Henry Timrod composed for the dedication of the famous Magnolia Cemetery, in
Join the Dead Poets Society for a moving tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks at her gravesite in Chicago. Listen to one of her dear friends and a giant in African-American poet and publishing, Prof. Haki Madhubuti, as he talks about her legacy and reads from her work.
We've posted 13 new videos from the Grand Tour. From Wisconsin to Virginia and South Carolina, and from Confederate poet, Henry Timrod to famed African-American activists and poets, Gwendolyn Brooks and Prof. Haki Madhubuti.