The Top 15 US Poets' Graves
List of Top 15 Poets' Graves Announced for National Poetry Month
For Immediate Release

Freeport, ME. – April 16th. Now that taxes are done, it’s time to get out an enjoy life’s other inevitabiity: death.

After visiting his 259th poet’s grave the Dead Poet Guy has released the long-awaited list of the top 15 US poet's graves.

“It was really difficult to narrow it down to 15,” said Walter Skold, a poet and tombstone artist from Freeport, Maine, “But these really are the best examples of how moving, exquisite and fascinating many poet’s graves are.”

A photo collection of the 15 gravesites, along with descriptions of what makes them so unique and important, can be found at:

“Spring, and National Poetry Month, is a great time to make a literary pilgrimage to a poet’s grave,” says Skold, who is writing a book and making a documentary film about his travels.

Skold, whose friends gave him the moniker “The Dead Poet Guy”, says that visiting the graves of poets is a fun way to learn about history, literature, architecture, and love.

“I have driven up mountains at midnight, been locked in cemeteries, and slept next to over a dozen dead poets,” said Skold, the founder of the Dead Poets Society of America. “And in my 5 years and 40,000 miles of travel I’ve discovered that there is an abiding interest in poet’s graves in all regions of the USA.”

The Maine-based poet admits to a certain amount of personal bias in the rankings, but says the top 15 were chosen based on a combination historical importance, uniqueness, beauty of design, and overall surroundings.

“If I had to narrow it down to my top 5, I would have to say John Boyle O’Reilly (Boston), Kenneth Rexroth (Santa Barbara, CA), Carl Sandburg (Galesburg, IN), Nicholas Virgilio (Camden, NJ), and John Updike (Plowville, PA)” he said.

The Dead Poets Society of America’s website has maps and links to help people locate over 400 poets’ graves nationwide, along with US bards buried overseas. (See link)

"We need people to help us dig up more dead poets," quips Skold, who says the mission of the Dead Poets Society of America is about resurrecting dead poets back into the nation's literary imagination.

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