October 26, 2012

Incarnate by Maskull LasserreIn case the pumpkins, plastic gravestones and proliferation of spider webs have escaped your notice, we offer a few slightly-more-literary takes on Halloween. The photo at left is, in part, a carved book, Incarnate (Three Degrees of Certainty II), by Canadian artist Maskull Lasserre.

If your refrigerator magnets have gone a little stale or seem too bland for the occasion, might we suggest Vampire Magnetic Poetry?

The ever-vigilant Harriet (the blog of the Poetry Foundation) has alerted us to poetic Halloween costume options suggested by The Academy of American Poets.

And what could be more Halloweeny than a reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven? TeachersFirst offers a breakdown, by stanza, which highlights Poe’s use of various poetic devices. Once you’ve studied the forms, listen to Anne Waldman reading The Raven.

Um, finally, you may want to browse the graves of poets, provided helpfully by, including a list of poets’ grave sites by state.