Love, H: The Letters of Helene Dorn and Hettie Jones
Hettie Jones is the author of numerous books, including her memoir of the Beat scene How I Became Hettie Jones; the poetry collection Drive; and the young adult Big Star Fallin’ Mama: Five Women in Black Music. She has published in many newspapers and magazines, including the Village Voice, Global City Review, and Ploughshares. She currently teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at The New School, the 92nd Street Y, and the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and she previously taught at several colleges and universities in New York and elsewhere. Jones lives in New York City.
Helene complains about newly having to lock her door. Hettie sees this as a significant change between them. She reports conversation with Bruce Wright, an NYC judge. Helene recalls years of early rising in dark cold, now is absorbed in computer, her “new labyrinth.” Hettie’s Bedford students have poetry published in the New Yorker. Helene mentions making book from ’60s letters, never does. Allen Ginsberg dies, Hettie reports funeral service. Ed Dorn is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Helene worries about memories, says she’ll die before he does, which Hettie says is scaring her, but confesses at sixty-two to a...