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September 30, 2009


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Many of these places are haunted, too - the Willard Hotel is famously full of ghosts.

When I was a kid I needled and pestered my parents to take me to the Poe cottage in the Bronx. I was quite obsessed with Poe. They finally gave in but when we arrived, the cottage was closed and quite run down. We walked around and peered in the windows. I was disappointed and have never been back though I hope to go some day. I understand it has been renovated and is now a museum. There's also a weekly farmers market in Poe Park that is supposed to be quite good. Also, I remember that whenever we passed Joyce Kilmer's house in NJ("Poems are made by fools like me / but only God can make a tree"), my mother would slow down the car and point it out. This brings back fond memories Larry. Thanks.

Thanks to both Laura and Stacey for their comments.

Stacey - being from Maryland, I also share your Poe obsession. He is buried in Baltimore - do you know about the hooded man who leaves roses and 1/2 bottle of cognac on his grave once a year (I can't remember if it's on Halloween or Poe's birthday)? He(or someone) has been doing it uninterrupted for years and years, and no one knows who it is. Suitably Poe-like, don't you think?

It is also good luck to leave pennies on the Poe monument. It needs to be good luck, because it's in a really bad part of town, and you take your life in your hands to do it.

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on when I
left the house
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of coming back
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"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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