Elise Cowen

Elise, inspired by Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, went on to become a poet herself, although she never was published. She became friends with beats Joyce Johnson and Leo Skir, and even dated Allen Ginsberg. Her life was interrupted by depression and she was admitted to Bellevue, whereupon her release, she jumped to her death at her parents’ home. Her poetry was eventually sent by Leo Skir to Evergreen Review, and by his own opinion: “she had a rare gift for friendship.” She was also included in Minor Characters, a book by Joyce Johnson that focused on beat women.

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