Poetry should be like “a shot-glass of Scotch.” In Helen Losse’s A Flower More Enduring, each repetition is meaningful, a different sampling that contains the essence of the thing concisely. The reader must sip these poems. ~Father Richard Childress, Pastor, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Gallatin, TN

Helen Losse’s poems in A Flower More Enduring are “sky-gazers, looking for angels”. Choir-like, her stanzas sing thoughtful hymns: lines lifted in reverie, words arranged in spiritual bouquets, syllables counting like beads on a well-used rosary. Her poems are penned prayers and messages to self for peace in numbered days. Helen’s sought-after angels fly low and near in this serious-seeking collection of faith-full poems. ~Molly Rice, Author of Mill Hill

When is a flower more enduring than a stone pelican? As poet Helen Losse tells it, when God extracts “thorns and barbs from my soul,” and in so doing, transforms a person of faith from a sinner to (metaphorically) a rose. It’s an insight gained from her shopping for a lawn ornament. Unable to find the stone pelican she wanted, she refuses to settle for the clichéd pink flamingo, “hardly a symbol of inspiration.” ~Richard Allen Taylor, Author of Armed and Luminous


Helen is a Facebook friend, a kind soul and a devout Catholic.  All of these descriptors come through in her poetry.  Although the book is dedicated to a priest and refers often to specifics of her religion, it also shows a general love and kindness toward humanity. (Belinda Subraman, GAS: Poetry, Art and Music
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Thanks to Lee Zacharias for a great review of A Flower More Enduring on Good Reads.

“The poet desires not the beauty of the cultivated flower, but the heart of the weed, favored less by adults but prized by the child, who blows its puffball to the wind, which will carry it to seed itself again and again. This is a book that chooses to be a dandelion among the dahlias. This is a book that everyone who is searching for an answer to a “impossible prayer” should read. “



James Bourey reviews A Flower More Enduring for The Broadkill Review