A very kind shout-out and collaborative nod from artist Chris Ludke, whose work inspired the poem at our Literary salon last week. You can check out her work here— the painting’s title is Poe’s Enchanted Garden. More info on upcoming literary salons in Richmond can be found on the James River Writers’ site, here.
This is the Patrick Henry Pub, where the Salon took place.
This poem was written by Joanna Lee.
On Hearing the History of the Poe Gardens at the Literary Salon in the Patrick Henry Pub
(based on the painting by Chris Ludke)
Nestled in a backdrop of chatter and raven windowpanes,
of sweating whiskey and melted rocks, light
plays on water and the pale of crepe,
of periwinkle. A sun plastically brightly cuts
the hard edge of a shadow that could stand
on it’s own, lonesome and unnatural.
And I remind myself this is about connection, that we,
rose-less, are a hundred variations of the same thorn.
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I thought the Salon was great! The 1st person to speak told the history of the Poe garden. It’s been through a lot of changes. It was…
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