Why is it that I looooove Edgar Allan Poe so much? Is it that he’s dark and I am starting to be of that age when the issues of human darkness (how to deal with impending death, the seeming futility of love, the apparent lack of human connectivity in society, dead birds on the side of the road) start to become more and more important? I think there may be something there. It’s kind of hard to tell, sometimes, why a reader connects with a certain writer at a certain point in her/his life. But I think there is something to the connection of the subject matter, or themes, in the work resonating with you at a precise moment in time that makes a real and everlasting impact. That being the case with me and Mr. Poe, I do try to put those feelings into my performances of his works. Whether that attempt is successful varies, probably, from listener to listener. Here is the latest attempt, “Ulalume.”

Posted by Frank Marcopolos

Frank Marcopolos founded "The Whirligig" literary magazine in 1999, which has been called "a landmark, demonstrating the power of the literary underground." It has been said that "you get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach." His long-form fiction has been reviewed with such praise as "thorough-goingly entertaining" and "highly readable...recalls the style of Michael Chabon or John Irving. A literary gem that should not be missed." A broadcasting-school graduate, his unique literary-audio work has been featured in movie trailers, scholastic environments, and on YouTube, with one of his audiobooks achieving over 100,000 "views" there.