So very little is known about Una Hawthorne Morris MacKinnon, either her life or her “slender volume of poetry.” Serendipitously, Kobo has recently made accessible a number of digitized versions of little-remembered books, including The Tides of the Missiquash, which is not even available on Internet Archive. The copy we now have verifies that it was published in 1928 “(where previously all we knew was “the 1920s”), likely self-published, but any other information about the book or about Una MacKinnon herself would be very welcome!
Jackson, Isa Grindlay. “The Farm Wife.” Lethbridge Herald (12 April 1952) 15.
Hendry, Phoebe. “Poets.” Little Things on Life’s Highway: A Book of Poems (Author, n.d.): 15.
Poking about my files, I found this poem by Phoebe Hendry. As it is in my Canadian Poets” folder, I assume that at one point I had evidence she was, in fact, Canadian. Now, though, I have no information whatsoever—except that she was born Phoebe Locheed and was the wife of Hugh Hendry—and the only online presence she has appears to be the Internet Archive digital version of her collection of poems, Little Things on Life’s Highway.
So if anyone knows anything else about this poet, we would love to hear!
Horton, Alice. [Entries for September 9 and 10]. Canadian Birthday Book. Ed. Seranus [Susan Frances Harrison]. Toronto: Robinson, 1887.