Sunday, April 25, 2010

Dead Poets Society of America

Local Freeport resident Walter Skold is on a mission. His plan is to raise awareness toward having a National Dead Poets Remembrance Day on Oct 7. (Edgar Allan Poe's birthday) Last year, he traveled over 15,000 miles and visited the graves of 150 dead American poets.

His latest trip started last week in Portland, Maine and will encompass 6000 miles with a couple who are filming his quest for a documentary. Traveling in the 'Poemobile,' Skold hopes to visit 22 different states and has enlisted the help of several states' Poets Laureate to help him find the gravesites of other dead poets.

You can follow his travels and enter his contest by visiting the Dead Poets website. Do you know of the location of some lesser known dead poets? Let Walter know!

Participate in a poetry reading at one of the cemeteries along the route. The Dead Poets tour map is here.

So far this trip, Skold has stopped by to pay respects to beat poets Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Follow his blog if you can't make one of the readings.

National Dead Poets Remembrance Day Oct 7, 2010. How or where will you honor our dead poets?

1 comment:

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cool! thanks Monica, I never even knew that something like this was taking place. That's what I love about blogging, the connection between people, place and things are exciting!