A Maine poet and filmmaker is headed west with a goal of visiting more than 80 poets’ graves over the next two months.
Walter Skold, a 53-year-old former middle school computer teacher, left over the weekend with his son on a trip that will bring them to gravesites in 11 western states and lift his total number of graves visited to 400. The pair began the campaign Sunday with a reading at a cemetery in Beverly, Mass., where poet Martin Jack Rosenblum is buried.
Skold’s ultimate goal is to document 500 dead poets’ graves in all corners of the country. He will travel as far as California in a Dodge Sprinter he calls “the Poemobile.” D.H. Lawrence, Denise Levertov and Charles Bukowski are among the bigger names on the tour.