More than 3 months on the road with Dedgar the Poemobile, my son, Simon, the energetic film crew of Alice and Hunter, was actually a dream come true. We "Found Frost", the grave of Marjorie Frost Fraser, in Billings.
Dedgar and I visited and documented another 74 poets' graves, but the greatest treat was meeting all the living people who loved the poets whose graves we visited. THANK YOU to everyone who met us and inspired us so with your stories and hospitality.
We have had such a GREAT time in Washington! Today we will stop by the grave of Denise Levertov (and Bruce Lee, a poet with his body?). We've met Tess Gallagher at the grave of Raymond Carver, and visited the graves of James Broughton, Ella Higginson, Carlos Bulosan and Jimi Hendrix.
As we travel from place to amazing place, and meet so many awesome people, we ask them to write poems on Dedgar's white walls. The poems (see photos) are a record of this long, wonderful trip and a testament to the power and diversity of poetry.
Dedgar will be traveling through 7 very large Western States on the next leg of the Grand Tour 2014. In 17 days we'll visit these graves and more: Denise Levertov, Richard Hugo, Raymond Carver, Hazel Hall, May Swenson, and Marjorie Frost. Wish us happy trails as we head West again.
For 17 days Dedgar The Poemobile and I will be traveling to the graves of 15 poets in the Northwest and Mountain States. So excited to announce that we'll be joined by two remarkable cinematographers who are going to chronicle our discovery of "Finding Frost".
Hunter Wentworth and Alice McGown have been with Dedgar across the South and Midwest in 2010, in New England in 2011, and they are eager to get back ON THE ROAD and the adventurous trail to poets' graves.
Check out our Flickr Collection for the daily Grand Tour 2014 pictures from the 1st half of the Grand Tour. We were able to take so many great video clips and photographs (and have only been able to post a few of them online).
Along with Dedgar the Poemobile and my son, Simon, we traversed through nine Western States in 40 days of amazing sights and sounds and the Great Western Tour. Along the journey we documented 57 poets' graves and met so many tremendous people and poets. Thank you to all who met us along the way. Dedgar is parked and ready in Denver to begin the 2nd half of the tour on June 20th.
Today (Sunday, 4th of May) at 4 PM is the first San Francisco Dead Poets Bash, at Alley Cats Books. The event will be filmed for the archives by KUSH, the famous archivist of everything Poetry and San Francisco.
This Sunday at 4 PM the first San Francisco Dead Poets Bash will be held at Alley Cat Books! The owners thought it would be cool to host a celebration of the many, many, yes, many dead poets who have been associated with SF.
We are beginning to spread the word via. FB, etc. now. Welcome to come read if you are near SF Sunday afternoon. And, it MUST be a dead poet's poem that one reads. This map has a list of the poets of CA; we want to narrow the reading to those associated with Central CA/SF.