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  • Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49): with his Rise and Fall in Baltimore in 2021.

Poe has been part of my Literary life for decades from The Fall of the House of Usher and The Library of America compilation.

In Poe’s original story there was a striking allusion to Carl Maria von Weber (1786- 1826) the noted German composer and Romantic. We used a wild orchestral piece by Weber that Poe alluded to in his short USHER story.

Equally astonished that their lives both ended at age 40.

Poe appears in my “organized labor” as a Tribute. USHER was a mythical mystic figure like Poe. Yet, very different and a phenomenal challenge on the stage. Suddenly, I feel the presence of POE and must now turn to this verse.

Poetry in Transformation.

I’ve been to Baltimore,


to the Bronx.

I’ve seen your cottage

as an outsider

looking in.

I’ve read

some of your books

and hear your name.

I can see you:

dead in the gutter.

This is in homage

to you:

POE A Tree.

It might be useless,

But I do think of you

for support.

In the same way


could not

support yourself,

While swaying


support me.

“organized labor” (Author House 2005)

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danielpquinn | Newark, NJ

Baltimore was a destination for me on several occasions from the late 1970’s to the Inner Harbor about 12 years later. More recently for a job interview at Johns Hopkins. Like Newark in many ways it was laid to waste by all the corporations that left town.

On that last trip I also bought an original page of the 1862 Harper’s Weekly. Baltimore too must be remembered as a bulwark for the Catholic Community post-American revolution in the US.

Baltimore Cathechism as a prime example, to this day. $35- an hour was an enormous hourly wage. Thank God Biden is now in charge to help make that happen for more of us and not the few uber-rich.

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