Posts tagged ‘poetry’

January 20, 2012

Happy Edgar Allan Poe Day

Today would have been Edgar Allan Poe’s 203rd birthday if he were still alive. One person who most likely won’t be toasting him is the “Poe Toaster” – a mysterious figure dressed in a wide-brimmed hat and white scarf, who for 60 years, left a half bottle of cognac and three roses at Poe’s Baltimore grave every year on his birthday.

The Poe Toaster hasn’t shown up for three years in a row now. The last time he was spotted was in 2009, which marked the 200th anniversary of Poe’s death. Poe House and Museum Curator Jeff Jerome declared the tradition officially nevermore.

Well, that rots. To fill the void, here’s Christopher Walken reading The Raven because even Poe would have wanted a little more cowbell.

December 1, 2011

Street Sign Haiku

NYC is using poetry by rewriting street signs in the form of haiku to remind pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists to use caution on the city streets. Artist John Morse who created the signs, also made some in Spanish. On Tuesday, City Transportation Commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan said the project, known as the Curbside Haiku campaign, is using poetry and art “to make New York City’s streets safer.”

“Too averse to risk
To chance the lottery, yet
Steps into traffic.”

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