Happy Nationa Dark Poetry Day!

Today is perfect for putting dark thoughts to paper. Edgar Allen Poe passed 174 years today, and today we pay tribute to a master of the macabre… and the macabre in general. HP Lovecraft referred to Poe as the father of Weird Fiction.

To celebrate, I’ve joined with acclaimed fellow scribblers Maxwell I. Gold, Sumiko Saulson, and Emily Loretta Flummox for the Poe-etic Ponderings: Influences of Poe on Dark Cosmic Poetry for CthulhuCon in Portland. If I’m able, I’ll share the link when I can. Things definitely got weird in the best of ways.

National Dark Poetry Day was created by HWA Poetry Showcase founder Peter Adam Salomon, a Bram Stoker Award®-nominated novelist and author of three poetry collections, his work has appeared has been performed by The Radiophonic Workshop on BBC Radio 6.

“Dark poetry has existed for centuries,” said Peter Adam Salomon. “One of the oldest surviving works of literature is the Epic of Gilgamesh, which dates to the 18th century BCE. Poetry doesn’t get much darker than that. It’s been almost four thousand years since the time of Gilgamesh, but a vibrant, vicious thread of darkness has haunted poetry ever since. And celebrating that thread is the purpose of National Dark Poetry Day. In dark poetry we share in the ancient knowledge that the darkest of poetry shines a light on the greatest truth.”

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at authortunities.substack.com.

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