Summit Artspace invited local artists to channel Edgar Allan Poe this fall, creating works inspired by “mystery and Gothic fascination” to a juried exhibition.

Vladimir Suchan won the literary competition for “The Faun and Her Flute Have Been Found Again (Of Loves and Loving, Profane and Profound),” a poem. 

Ron White won the visual competition with a ceramic sculpture of Poe himself. 

The show is on view until Nov. 9. 

The Faun and Her Flute Have Been Found Again (Of Loves and Loving, Profane and Profound)

“That Mrs. Lackobreath should admire anything so dissimilar to myself was a natural and necessary evil.” Edgar Poe in “Loss of Breath”

“And via the passions I arrived at genuine philosophy,”

Julie cited by Edgar Poe in “Loss of Breath”

“No birth, no love, without a corresponding death”

Lucretius

What does it do,

if the it is—

a love significant,

once one drops dead?

Or when that love

is transferred,

betrayed, and as good

as purloined—dead,

when is the breath,

the rung, the letter,

cut below one’s step

above that first abyss?

Or is there souls’ entanglement

as amidst embodied elements

by which they last and even feel

one another past the grave and every gap

as if neither time nor space

nor any death’s divide are to stay?

So what is crossed out,

what is lost and what is gained,

when we cross each other,

crossing—hopping over

to some other love

or life—someplace else?

How much does that

make us, sliced and

dismembered,

if you disremember

that my soul is

still yours as well?

From the depths

past any reckoning

we are of two minds,

two snakes entangled

in a ceaseless strife

of life and death.

At the banquet

of the entwined Eroses

we both choose and serve

one another’s fills and wants.

Until we turn around

Orpheus’ Eurydice’s turning,

that fatal swing and swerving,

when poetry was live and music,

poetry was truth, and the soul—

the light and its lyre or melodic flute,

an instrument on which God, the Faun,

played us—and so did Beethoven, Bach and Poe.

“Ed Allan Poe,” ceramic sculpture

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