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A Poe Taster by Daniel Hoffman



Didn't you know that Edgar Allan Poe

Sought grief counselling, took Lexapro?

--By endless mourning then no longer smitten,

Could leave all lachrymose laments to diverse

Obsequies by Thomas Holly Chivers.

But we've not seen the poems he must have written:

Like Nathaniel Parker Willis's, say?

No, no, much wittier, his vers de société;

Surely, his jeux d'esprit deserve a tranche

Of the renown of Christopher Pearse Cranch.

Were he but free of personal disaster

He might well be our minor light verse master--

Poe's döppelganger--and his abiding dream,

Thwarted, for aye, by that one relentless theme.



Per Contra Poetry - Fall 2006