Edgar Allan Poe believed in Art for Art's sake when it came to literature; great literature. In writing; perspective, imagery, and the cathartic impact upon its readership was vital. He articulated and produced many works with a mulititude of additional literary devices he perfected throughout his career. However, those three components are what breathed life into his works.
Subsequently in the last 164 years, Poe's works have continued to thrive and be recognized for this very reason.
Supply and demand is an objective concept in today's publishing world. However, the birth of a new publication dedicated to Poe, appropriately titled "Poe Forevermore," may change one's view concerning journalistic motivations. Of course there are a number (probably millions) of individuals who have an avid appreciation for Edgar Allan Poe's history, legacy of works, and impact on contemporary art, film, science, writing, and journalism. However, simply the "need" or "desire" for a magazine devoted to the late great writer and other inspired works is not the reason for its creation.
Recently reading the premier issue of Poe Forevermore magazine I have found that not only the need for such a quality magazine dedicated to the late great writer, poet, and critic was desirable, but a duty to the art and history of American literature is what Poe had compelled in his very life and art. Poe taught that, with writing, it should not be printed, nor penned if it is not everything that it absolutely should be. It is an insult to the art to write poorly and without passion and depth. Writing is an artform that is both precise, yet fluid and viscous.
The editor and writers for the Poe Forevermore magazine realize this and have collectively created as Poe often has; something new, innovative, and creative, that can pour into one's literary soul with meaning, scholarship, and inspiration.
The introduction of Poe Forevermore to the world has proven to be something that was long overdue. The writing is outstanding and the variety of works included give honor to Poe and also insight into the continued growing legacy of his works and lasting influence on the world. The magazine does not give a pinhole view of Poe's works and related things, but gives a unique and scholarly, but down to earth insightful display of literature and art. In many respects it has a local appeal, no matter where you live. The publication allows the reader to feel both intrigued, impressed, and also at home with the many topics and stories in the magazine. The hard work put into this project shines brightly as "The Evening Star!'
The magazine is ideal for Poe afficianados, artists, historians, writers, modern literary gurus, or simply everyday folks who like a good read every now and then to either inspire them or leave them with a tilted nod and thought saying "Oh I didn't know that" or "Gee that really is interesting, I never thought about that." The magazine helps the reader, whether they are well versed in Poe or not at all, gather insight into the writer. The superior nature of the quality of writing in this work is what makes all the difference and what makes this publication perfect or "POEfect."
When people pick up a magazine, often they flip through the pages, skim the photographs and artwork inside and read an article or two. Poe Forevermore in its style and class of writing need not command one's undivided attention...it's a magazine that makes the reader WANT to read it from cover to end as if reading a great epic novel...one that they want to read over and over again. It has a great mix of art, journalism, and information. This magazine as only one of a few (very few) has I'm sure, "The Tomahawk Man's [Poe's]" own stamp of approval.
Aesthetically the magazine is both vibrant and shows superb artistry in both its illustrations, artwork, and text. Often individuals can't separate the art from the man, and in this case, the editor and graphic designers allow their true colors to shine from page to page. Can one tell a book by its cover? In this case, Yes!
Thank you to the creators of Poe Forevermore for having the knowhow and expertise in gathering such unique talent and quality writing/art for this publication... and for not veering away into commerciality and substandard journalism as many magazines today often do.
I've learned alot about Poe and "even more!" Readers can hardly wait for the next issue to find out what's in store!
Check out the www.poeforevermore.com website for information on how to subscribe for the quarterly subscription.