Day 52: Seattle


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From The Stranger

From The Seattle Times


Home after the dream or is home itself the dream?

The bus back where we loaded it up with books, typewriters and snacks two months ago and me in the bed I left all hallowed out.

Bill, a hand shake and a mountanous hug, a pat on the arm from Linas, and my own guilty dread for leaving everyone to find their own ways home.

As much as we all want and need to stop, it is devastating to know once we step into this city, the Poetry Bus stops forever.

There is no getting back on, no meeting up later.

When I wake up tomorrow morning in this bed the tour will have ended.

Sometime in the night, its fading into memory will have begun.

Thank you, North America, for your kindness and hospitality.

We are grateful and humbled.

See you again sometime soon, I hope.



  1. Comment by Jan on 10.28.2006 7:23 pm

    How sad to see it end . I have enjoyed following the tour each day .You all deserve a huge round of applause for making the tour possible . What a wonderful gift you gave to those that were able to attend one of your readings . Great job by all .

  2. Comment by Liz on 10.28.2006 8:38 pm

    I have been truly changed by this experience. One final big thank you to Joshua, Matthew, Travis, Lori, Monica and all the other beautiful people with whom I crossed paths during the last two and a half weeks, and especially to those who had the determination, the ganas, and the blind optimism it took to make something truly actual happen.

  3. Comment by Guilty Dread on 10.29.2006 12:30 am

    You should be very proud. For what, exactly? North America knows the truth. Your tour is just beginning.

  4. Comment by Natalie L. on 10.29.2006 8:58 pm

    Thank you all very much for putting your lives on a bus and for driving yourselves toward all of us. It was great to watch it happen.

  5. Comment by Jonathan on 10.31.2006 3:31 am

    Joshua et al., congrats on the tour. I’ve followed the press through Google News and your own blogs. Travis – nicely done. I hope you get sleep and I hope your sleep is full of wonderful memories of the trip.

  6. Comment by Richard on 10.31.2006 7:52 pm

    Good to me you. Many thanks for the kind hearts.

  7. Comment by The Serpent on 10.31.2006 10:25 pm

    Why can’t I stop checking this site? Will the tour ever end? I think for me it won’t.

  8. Comment by clay banes on 10.31.2006 11:28 pm

    i’m jazzed about the myles, rohrer, and hawkey.

    i’m burning my tongue on pad kee ew at the moment.

    that’s all.

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