James Scully  


Poe Votes


Wednesday Oct. 3rd, 1849

all liquored up

and dragged

(Crane guesses)

retching through Baltimore

polling place to polling place

to Ryan's 4th Ward,

each time a different

dead man, with

his semblance of a life,

and each time

under another name

this same sad man

dying those deaths


a whole gang of votes:

this sorry man

jingle man

this haunting

genius of American letters




from Apollo Helmet 1983


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Apollo Helmet
Curbstone Press 1995