Sunday, February 5, 2023

Poet finds Gilberto Owen’s grave

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Tomb S, located in Lot 29 of Group 13, Section 57, of Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, Pennsylvania, United States, is the grave of Mexican poet and diplomat Gilberto Owen. Owen, poet, of an Irish father and a Mexican mother, who published his poetic prose “La llama fria” in 1925 in “El Universal Illustrado”. He held various diplomatic posts, the last one being consul in Philadelphia, where he died in 1952, aged 47 and blind, he says, due to alcoholism.

José and Celestino Gorostija, along with Bernardo Ortiz de Montellano, Jaime Torres Bodet, Salvador Novo, Javier Villarutía, Enrique González Rojo, Carlos Pellicer and Jorge Cuesta, were members of the Contemporaneos group, their graves have been forgotten or at least commemorated. Lost, as of March 2022, a young Mexican poet, Carlos José Pérez Samano, found it after several years of searching, which he did for a few seasons, but did not give up.

Although almost a year has passed since the discovery that he also spread through his social networks, it was not until a few days ago that Pérez Samano remembered this fact and, through a tweet, he asked that Owen’s Who has information about the descendants, the author of such works as “Evolution”, “The Cold Flame”, “Novel Like a Cloud”, “Line” and “Perseus Defeated”.

“Gilberto Owen Estrada (May 13, 1904–March 9, 1952) is buried in a grave without a headstone in the Santa Cruz Cemetery in Yeadon, Pennsylvania. And these are the coordinates to find his grave,” Pérez Samano Wrote a year ago.

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