Helen Cecile

My mother lived with Amy Lowell.
Wrong preposition.
In, she lived in
a Boston housing complex
with a plaque.
Did you know her?
Amy, not Helen.
Tomboy turned poet-ess.
Way before Maya.
Not Emily.
Less famous.
Except there’s a plaque
where Helen Cecile lived.

AMy House Amy plaque Amy mom

Photos:  Amy Lowell Apartment Complex in Boston,  the plaque and Amy Lowell (1874 – 1925). Born in Brookline, MA won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry posthumously in 1926. First published poem appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1910. First published collection of her poetry, A Dome of ManyColured Glass appeared in 1912.  Maya refers to poet Maya Angelou; Emily to Emily Dickinson.  Last photo is Helen Cecile, my mother, in her last year of life. She was born in Waukegan, Illinois and moved with us to Boston in 1997 – lived in the Amy Lowell Apartments and died in 1999.

5 thoughts on “Helen Cecile

  1. JoHanna Massey October 3, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    Just lovely. I do wish Amy Lowell had received her award during her life. Thank you for sharing this.

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    • lillian October 3, 2015 / 2:02 pm

      I agree. Funny, I’d never heard about her till my mom moved into this place. And now, in my poetry writing online course, my mentor included a poem of hers with our assignment.

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      • JoHanna Massey October 3, 2015 / 2:10 pm

        Love this when it happens. This morning I was reading a very interesting essay on ” Luminous Aether” where the writer cited the philosopher Humes. Now up until last year, in a lifetime of many many years, I had never heard of this guy called Humes. But I took a MOOC (Massive Online Open Class) on Philosophy which included several weeks on Humes. Following the class, his name and ideas drifted away, until this morning. Blessed are the online classes and blogs for they keep our minds dancing!

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