Of Ravens and Pigments and Edgar Allan Poe

Rainbow ravens
A rainbow of ravens


I wondered if anyone had already used the phrase, “white raven”, I don’t know why; then I wondered if I really had some use for a raven that wasn’t black or even just very, very dark. If a “yellow” or “russet” or “rose” raven would do, or what about a “rusted raven” from a futuristic metallic world.

I searched Google. Ethically deficient though it’s become it’s still a damned good search engine. And then I wondered if my use of “damned” had involved some sort of Freudian epiphany.

All were taken and I wasn’t sure whether or not I was surprised. Ravens seem very popular but much more pigment diverse than I’d supposed. There are even references to alabaster ravens.

I wonder if Edgar Allan Poe knew.

© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2018; all rights reserved. Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.

Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen). Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies). He can be contacted at guillermo.calvo.mahe@gmail.com and much of his writing is available through his blog at http://www.guillermocalvo.com.


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