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Edgar Allan PoePoet Dave Smith presents the restless Poe, not as the stereotyped master of ghoulish horror tales or clever mysteries, but as a highly imaginative seeker after cosmic truths. A primary-colored vortex suggests his view of Creation’s constant cycle, or “the plot of God.” The divine plot, Poe believed, could be glimpsed in his dreams, seen either half-awake or asleep, inspiring a conscious “undercurrent” in his work. A companion theme runs throughout: the death of a beautiful woman, with deep roots in Poe’s childhood and youth. Excerpts from classic poems and three of Poe’s tales, each of a different genre, are dramatized: M.S. Found in a Bottle, The Fall of the House of Usher, and The Purloined Letter. In finding forms for his view of “God’s plot,” Poe produced poems and stories justifying the program’s title (30 min.).


— With poet Dave Smith
— Producer, Director, Writer – Jean Mudge
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