Thursday, March 7, 2013

Edgar Allen Poe and the Sunday Salon

You may not realize from the title that this is a modern day tale.
The Sunday Salon is held at The Writers Place the third Sunday of each month from 2-4 p.m. It is hosted by Sharon Eiker. Sharon likes to say that we live with a different writer each month, learn about both the life and the works then get together to share our journeys. We generally leave the gathering both knowing more and still wanting to know more.
On March 17, we will discuss Edgar Allen Poe. Of course, I am reading his poetry. Since I also love a good mystery, I am reading the three stories that earned Poe the title of father of the modern detective story: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget and The Purloined Letter.
I already have had two special experiences on my journey with Poe. First, it happened that The Coterie Theatre opened a production  called Tell-Tale Electric Poe February 23. This is a performance of three poems and two short stories by a single actor, accompanied by music (electric guitar, keyboard+) and special effects. It runs through March 10. All you Poe fans who will be in the Kansas City area this weekend should go see it.
Secondly, I discovered a juevenile biography of Poe, Nevermore-A Photobiography of Edgar Allen Poe by Karen E. Lange at the library. It looks like a great resource, even for adults.
I'm looking forward to March 17. I can't wait to hear what everyone decided to read and see the resources they bring. If you are in the area, give some consideration to joining us.

Do you know Poe?
The Poe I know
may not be
known to you.
How so?
I choose the works
to which I go to
get to know Poe.
So, I know a
part of Poe
that you may not.
Could you get to know
the whole Poe?
Never. More Poe exists
than I will ever
get to know.

How much Poe do you know? Let me know in the comments below.
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  1. Thank you, Sabra. It was fun to write.

  2. I'm with Sabra, excellent title! You know what I love? Silence, a Fable. That is without a doubt my most favorite piece of Poe in the word. I used to have it on cassette tape and played it for the children in the car...I think Jack Nicholson read it along with Kipling’s the elephant’s child on the other side...until the kids could practically recite it.

  3. Thanks for sharing that, Veronica. We think of him so much in the horror genre, but he really had a great range.