The Vancouver Poetry Society, 1916-1949: A Book of Days. Ed. Vancouver Poetry Society (Toronto: Ryerson, 1946).

In compiling the folder of data for May Perceval Judge, whose entry we have just finished, I was reminded of the Vancouver Poetry Society’s Book of Days, which contains smatterings of poetry, stories, biographies, and executive lists from the Vancouver Poetry Society in 1946-47.

I am not sure who actually wrote this anecdote, but it gives us a fair idea of the sort of community the Vancouver poets of the early twentieth century enjoyed. This story is from October 1918: in the spring of that year, Isabel Ecclestone MacKay read her poetry as a guest speaker, AM Stephens gave a series of lectures on Greek literature, and AM Pound was elected archivist of the society. In 1947, when this little volume was published, Lorne Pierce was the Honorary President, Ernest Fewster was President, and Mildred Valley Thornton was First-Vice President. Illustrious names abounded.