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.
Real estate threatens artists in downtown Manhattan. Fielding Dawson dies. Bush and madmen blundering everywhere. Hettie is denied entry into Bedford Hills Prison, escorted by security out to parking lot, letter comes: “Your ID will be destroyed . . .” Paranoia everywhere, even Gloucester: a “suspicious package” is found to contain two live lobsters. Real estate agent visits Hettie, she gives him memoir, building is on literary walking tour. John Wieners dies; Hettie thinks of Fee and John drunk on way to heaven. Fee’s widow, Susan Maldovan, is evicted from loft Fee lived in thirty-eight years, she twenty-five. Hettie worries the world will burst into flame because of Jews and Palestinians. Tom Clark’s bio of Ed praises Helene, and Creeley says she was “pioneer.” Hettie goes to Jamaica with Rita, will go to Africa in August. She and Helene write about being uncomfortable having “servants.” Hettie meets Rita’s feminist girlfriends. Helene happily walks to Fiesta’s “Blessing of the Fleet.”