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Poetry Inspired by Poe

In case you missed the poetry reading last night at the Poe Museum, we are posting one of the Poe-inspired poems read at the event by J. Ronald Smith, Poet in Residence at St. Christopher’s School. The following poem imagines one of Poe’s 1849 visits to the home of his last fiancee, Elmira Shelton, in Richmond.

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Mr. Poe sits in Mrs. Shelton’s parlor, freshly
purchased hat on freshly creased knees,
the place smelling somehow, he’s decided,
like a chemist’s cupel. The sullen weight
of the room’s horsehair and mahogan
gathers in his eyes.

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Virginia Poe Travel Package

Richmond’s Linden Row Inn ( is located on the site of the “Enchanted Garden” where a teenaged Poe once courted his first fiancĂ©e Elmira Royster. One of Poe’s boyhood homes stood directly across the street from this historic 1840s inn.

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