Nathalia Crane at twelve

Nathalia Crane (c.1925) – from Wikimedia Commons

In 1925, Nathalia Crane published her second volume of poetry, Lava Lane, and Other Poems, just one year after her first one, The Janitor’s boy, and Other Poems. In it she airs her sophistication, mastering poetical language, as well as scientific and technical vocabulary from several disciplines, such as botany, geology and even embryology (using the word “blastoderm” about a boy she seems to despise); she also refers to various religions and to characters from Greek mythology. Furthermore, she shows her understanding of human relations, including in some of their intimate aspects. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…


Nathalia Crane, love and poetry at nine

Nathalia Crane (1924) – from The Janitor’s Boy, and Other Poems, via Wikimedia Commons

I will present here another girl poet who, like her contemporaries Hilda Conkling and Sabine Sicaud and the next generation’s Minou Drouet, started writing poetry at a very young age. But unlike Hilda Conkling and Minou Drouet, she did not give up poetry in her teenage years, and unlike Sabine Sicaud who died from a horrible disease at age 15, she lived for 85 years, writing poetry and novels, also working as a professor of English at San Diego State University. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Minou Drouet : Poème pour une chanson

Roger Hauert - Minou Drouet - dans Poèmes (1956)

Roger Hauert – Minou Drouet – dans Poèmes (1956)

Le poème suivant rappelle « Chanson », celui donné à la fin de l’article précédent, par sa tristesse et aussi par les thèmes du bateau, du sang et de la larme. Enfant extrêmement sensible, Minou souffrit d’avoir été exhibée comme un animal de cirque, suivie par les journalistes et surtout accusée d’imposture : on prétendit en effet que sa mère avait écrit les poèmes et lettres publiées en son nom. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…