Remembering Poets 

The founder of the Dead Poets Society of America hatched the idea for a national day to remember poets. And with the support of 20 current and former state poets laureate, Walter Skold is kicking it off Thursday with readings from the works of 36 Maine poets in six towns. Skold and others have documented the final resting places of hundreds of American poets since he launched the Dead Poets groupin 2008. He says the idea for Dead Poets Remembrance Day was inspired by his discovery that many of the nation’s literary forebears have been neglected. He chose October 7th because it’s the date that Edgar Allan Poe died.He hopes the idea for a national literary holiday becomes an annual tradition.