Fernando Valverde is author of several poetry collections, including The Insistence of Harm. He is a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville.
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Edgar Allan Poe Is Reached at the Baltimore Harbor by the Shadows That Pursue Him
They always followed you.
they made you lose your balance.
You had to shout
blasphemies into shadows
trying to put out the din of their barking.
it was advisable to talk and try to calm them,
whispers could be more convincing
and stop them on...