Forget boxes of chocolates and heart-shaped Hallmark cards. This Valentine's Day, nothing says I love you like the macabre poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, or the musings of poetic shut-in Emily Dickinson. Performers Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson, and Ann Brueggeman, decked out in Victorian-era eveningwear, will spew forth works from both aforementioned poets and several others in true slam fashion. The lavish drawing room at the James J. Hill House will be filled with the bizarre fusion of classic 19th-century poets and this modern method of delivery. But it won't be all Poe's "The Raven" and Dickinson's "Proud of My Broken Heart Since Thou Didst Break It." Romantic-minded poetry fans are in luck, because the somber poems will be complemented by rather cheery pieces by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Her best-known work is Sonnets from the Portuguese, which contains her most recited line "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." After the slam, refreshments will be served and tours of the mansion will be available.
Thu., Feb. 14, 7 p.m., 2008