Selena Chambers

I imbibe words and consume past minds. As a result, I often awake next to strange sentences and forgotten meanings. I am the Bas Bleu Zombie.

Today is Edgar Allan Poe’s 205th birthday.  This is one of those occasions where I make profuse apologies for not having a proper post prepared. Seriously, I do have some notes laying around about Poe’s ubiquitous presence in pop culture as well as some snarky remarks about recent Poe appearances in certain films that are available on Netflix, but that will have to wait until I finish a few other things.

Meanwhile, I did recover this painting I did in high school illustrating his poem “Lenore,” and I thought it’d be a nice placeholder for now.

Lenore Illuminated, by Selena Chambers.  “Wretches! ye loved her for her wealth and hated her for her pride, “And when she fell in feeble health, ye blessed her — that she died! “How shall the ritual, then, be read? — the requiem how be sung “By you — by yours, the evil eye, — by yours, the slanderous tongue “That did to death the innocence that died, and died so young?”

Lenore Illuminated, by Selena Chambers.
“Wretches! ye loved her for her wealth and hated her for her pride,
“And when she fell in feeble health, ye blessed her — that she died!
“How shall the ritual, then, be read? — the requiem how be sung
“By you — by yours, the evil eye, — by yours, the slanderous tongue
“That did to death the innocence that died, and died so young?”

Most of my paintings make me cringe when I see them, but I kind of like this one because of the sausage curls. I was only able to scan a portion of it, but the entire poem is inscribed on the canvas in gold. This was done around 1998/99 when gel pens were new-fangled and mostly metallic and everyone in art school was obsessed with those Griffin & Sabine books….  Eh-yeah, I thought I was really doing something illuminating acrylic canvas boards.

Anyway, as usual, there are some really neat events happening up north.  Poe Forevermore has a really comprehensive list on their website, but I thought I’d highlight a few here.

Poepathists in the Boston area should check out The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston’s panel discussion about The Poe Statue Project, a dynamic public art project that will commemorate Bean town as Poe’s birthplace.

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In Philadelphia, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is putting “The Tell-Tale” murderer on trail.  Visitors will be the jury, and my friend and gentleman scholar Ed Pettit will be judging the murders plea By Reason of Insanity at 1:30 pm.

Also, the Independence National Historical Park is celebrating both Poe and Benjamin Franklin’s days as well as their contribution to publishing.

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And it isn’t a birthday party without cupcakes!

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