Thursday, October 16, 2008

I Get To Be Guilty

Had coffee against my better judgement at Mrs. In Ministry. It just smelled sooo good. Didn't know if it was decaf or not. I'm guessing, two hours later and wired, that it was at least half-caf and I'm not sleepy. I do things at night when I'm not sleepy that I don't do in the day. I'm not usually feeling awake at night, so it's almost like I am more carefree (even careless- definitely have more verbal diarrhea at night) and have this desire to link with a child-like tendency to smile fearlessly into the night. I rolled down the windows (in my paint-peelin', dirty, green mini-van) and blared some old school Over the Rhine (oh, I was rockin') and sang "I get to be guilty" (Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander) at the top of my lungs with my hand outside the window, feeling the cold rain hitting me. It was glorious. So rebellious.

And now to Poe.

Poe, Poe, and more Poe. Why do I like Poe? I know I have stated because he's a genius, but it is the whole of his descriptions that I love the most about his stories and poems. You can feel, see, know, and shiver at his descriptions, knowing his grief or his fear or his worst desires or tendencies. His writing is so human and unbelievably revealing. What is terrifying about "The Raven" is not the bird. It's just a bird. It is the main character's grief for his lost loved one that is so transparently horrific; his terror at his own loss. What did he see? The Raven mercilessly taunted him, not because it could, but because anything taunted his grief. Life itself taunted his grief over the lost Lenore. I think Poe's poetry reveals so much of his mind.

And his short stories reveal his deeper, darker thoughts. His descriptions are second to none for creating a mood of general spookiness.

During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country.
(The Fall of House of Usher)
I can picture this day perfectly.

Isn't there something so nearly unearthlike about an apt description? So closely tangible, and yet just out reach about the beauty of words? How can they evoke such fear? Such sympathy? Tears? Terror? I am in awe of words.

I recommend The Pit and the Pendulum (for fear and waiting terror), The Raven (for exhausting grief), and The Masque of Red Death or Hop-Frog (for horrific poetic justice). Good grief.
Go read some Poe.

4 comments:

Missy said...

I find it amazingly unconincidental, that today I blogged about my dead van, and that today your husband stumbled upon my blog and read that, and then called my husband to tell him about a place that did ya'll transmission. HMMMMMM.

Still not feeling Poe. Sorry.
Today was Rapunzel at Childrens Theater. I thought of you. You would have loved it.

Melissa said...

I like Poe. Not obsessive like you are. I'm more interested in how insane and brilliant he was. He sort of reminds me of the Vincent Van Gogh for poetry.

I think it's funny the way you act on caffeine is the way I act on alchohol.

j_webb said...

It is The Black Cat thats my fav. You can almost feel the insanity swirling in this mans brain, yet he is so deliberate and calculating. Love it.

heather said...

To scary for me. I still don't get poetry very well so it is best that I really don't understand him.