Monday, January 19, 2009

In a sort of Runic rhyme

I have long loved the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Today is his 200th birthday. When Mrs. Joan Krysinski first read "The Bells" to our English class, I was hooked. We also read "The Cask of Amontillado", which stuck with me.

In college, in my theatre days, the PAC Rats theatre company did some "Reader's Theater" of which I was chosen to be a director. The story that we acted out was a short story by Esther Friesner, called "Poe White Trash". It's basically a retelling of "The Cask of Amontillado" with other Poe references thrown in, set in hill-billy country. I remember having to choreograph a dance scene, and basically everyone was doing the Time Warp dance.

I lived in Baltimore for 11 years and never saw his grave. How did I not do that? Maybe on my next (warm weather) work trip back to B-more.

Anyway, so I'm taking part in a fiber postcard project in which we depict the theme of a "raven" for Poe's birthday. This is my interpretation. Kinda cute, for the "rat bird".

Oh, and should Mrs. K ever Google her name and find this? Thanks. For this and for all you have inspired in me. Were I to write that "Personal Hero" paper all over again today, it would be you.


Jenn Klee said...

Oh, Mr. Poe indeed...He was the first author to keep me up at night, way too creepy stories for a 12-year-old! My favorite has to be "The Fall of the House of Usher", I think it's way past due for me to revisit some of his awesome stories.

dreameyce said...

This has to be the CUTEST raven EVER! (And I think ravens are adorable :)

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