One of the great things about our project is our connection to communities around the world. We have heard from people who know something about one of our authors, or have questions we might be able to answer, from as far away as Australia and Europe. These people are poets themselves, or Can Lit aficionados, or (often) the descendents of our authors who are willing to share family stories with us.
Last summer, we received a comment on the website from Holly Jonson, the great-niece of Bonnie Dafoe, whose “Winter Trees” was published in the Anthology of Y. C. Verse: A Volume of Selections from the Verse Contributed by the Young Co-Operators and Published in the Western Producer from 1932-1936 ([Saskatoon, SK]: [Western Producer], 1937). That’s all we knew about Bonnie Dafoe: one poem, in one volume.
Bonnie Dafoe passed away this past December, and Holly wrote her own poem commemorating her great-aunt’s life. She has kindly permitted us to link it to our website, to share with you all: just another indication of how poets, readers, and relatives connect over time and space.