Philosophy of Decomposition

The Philosophy of Decomposition

 

Yes, Poe died – and decayed. It is wise
To recall that most everyone dies
And decays, nose to toes.
But Poe’s critical foes?
They were rotting while still writing lies.

 

–Tom Riley

 

1855 engraving by Miner Kilbourne Kellogg

(Rufus Griswold)