Saturday, January 19, 2013

Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!

January 19th...Edgar Allan Poe's birthday.

On this day each year, at Poe's grave site in Baltimore, a mysterious figure walks up to the site, pours himself a glass of cognac and has a toast to the legendary writer, only to creep back off into the darkness, identity unknown.

Unfortunately, for the last three years, the figure has been absent, and the literary tradition is in danger of dying off.  I wonder if this year someone will take up the torch.

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, 
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, 
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, 
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. 
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door- 
                Only this, and nothing more." 
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