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.

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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.