November: AMY LOWELL
The vine leaves against the brick walls of my house,
Are rusty and broken.
Dead leaves gather under the pine-trees,
The brittle boughs of lilac-bushes
Sweep against the stars.
And I sit under a lamp
Trying to write down the emptiness of my heart.
Even the cat will not stay with me,
But prefers the rain
Under the meagre shelter of a cellar window.
American poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925) published her first poem in 1910 at the age of 36, influenced by the British poet John Keats. In the 1920s, she wrote a biography on Keats. ‘November’ was published in 1919 in her collection, Pictures of the Floating World. Her poetry career spanned only about 12 years, but she wrote and published over 650 poems. Louis Untermeyer wrote in his 1923 book, American Poety since 1900 that Amy Lowell was a ‘poet, propagandist, lecturer, translator, biographer, critic … her verve is almost as remarkable as her verse.’
Photographer: Martina Nicolls