This title rests in a bit of a quagmire. I was reviewing our old entry on Margaret Vance Rody, and was troubled by some inconsistencies. “Margaret,” we inform the public, “published several editions of her two books of verses herself, hoping to augment her income.” Looking through the little that can be found online and in the published sources on our shelves, I discovered that the two titles—Gleanings and Beauty and Thought in Verse—are often considered to be subsequent editions of more-or-less the same collection of poems. The truth is a bit more complicated than that.

Margaret Vance Rody self-published Gleanings in 1925, when she working as a telephone operator in Kamsack, Saskatchewan. The poems included therein were apparently all published in the Kamsack Times initially. This claim is supported by the fact that the second edition of Gleanings was published by the Kamsack Times in 1931. We do not have a copy of the 1925 first edition: as far as the SFU Library specialists can discover, none is extant. We do have the 1931 edition, though, so I listed the poems included in the table below.

In 1942, Margaret Vance Rody released two more volumes of poetry: another collection entitled Gleanings, published by “The Poets Press, The National Poetry Center, ‘Radio City’, Rockefeller Center, New York”; and Beauty and Thought in Verse, published in Vancouver, BC, at the Capitol Printers. The 1942 edition of Gleanings is listed as a “First Edition”; Beauty and Thought in Verse, on the other hand, includes a different publication history: “Published under title Gleanings: 1st edition January 1925; 2nd edition November 1931; 3rd edition February 1942.” It is fairly obvious that what we have here is the difference between the Canadian publication history (including the name change) and the American publication history (which includes only the one printing). Part of this can be explained by the hand-written note in the copy of Gleanings (1942) that Margaret Roy gifted to the University of British Columbia in 1945:

These poems were published in New York after being told by a publisher in Vancouver that Canadian poetry was not wanted by Canadian people.—Margaret Vance Rody

So apparently, shortly after the publication and success (I assume) of the American edition, Margaret Vance Rody was able to sell the idea to a publisher in Vancouver more effectively. It would be interesting to know how that conversation went, and what guided the decisions regarding which poems to include in which editions, for the poems included in the three extant volumes differ significantly. There are drastic changes between the 1931 and 1942 Canadian editions, including the excising of 19 titles. With the 1942 editions, the 27-poem American edition is more-or-less a subset of the 53-poem Canadian edition: only three poems—”Some Day,” “Wreckage of War,” and “You are so Dear to Me”—are unique to the American edition.

Here’s a chart, including—as far as I can determine, as I do not have the complete volumes in my hands—places where poems have been renamed between editions.

Title Gleanings 1931 Gleanings 1942 Beauty and Thought in Verse 1942
A Grandmother to her Soldier Grandsons Included
A Lake Madge Reverie Included Included
A Letter From the Frozen North How Santa’s Queen of the Fairies Brought a Letter from the Frozen North Included
A Message from Santa Included
A Problem Included It is to Laugh: A Problem Included
A Reply Included Included
A Wish
A-Rowing on Lake Madge Included
And Children Starve Today Included Included Included
And Their Reply (second part of “To the Glorious Dead”?) Included
Bobbing the Baby’s Hair Included
Card of Thanks Included Included
Christmas Bells Included
Christmas Greetings – 1925 Included
Fragments Included Hope: Fragments Included
Freedom Included
Garden Gossip Included Included
Gleanings Included Included
God’s Covenant Included Included
Gracie Fields Included
Grey Eyes and Blue Included Included
His Mother’s Prayer Included Included Included
Hope Included Hope: Some Day Hope Someday
If You Could Know Included
Leaves Included
Leaves of Memory Included
Little Bare Feet Included Included
Little Black Bear Included Included
Love’s Not Always Blind Included Contrasts: Love’s Not Always Blind Included
Love’s Reverie Included Included
Maudlin Sentiment Included
Memories of Childhood Included Included
Message of the Pansy Included Included Included
Mother of Mine Included
My Irish Flower Included Included
My Lodge Included Included Included
My Sister’s Keeper Included Included
Ode to Spring Included
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men Included
Poppy Day Included
Poverty Included
Prairie Winds Included Included
Redemptive Love Included
Reflections of an Old, Old House Included Included
Remembrance Included Included
Roses of Vancouver Included
Silken Hose It Is To Laugh: Silken Hose Included
Some Day Included
Somehow or Other Included
Sonnet Contrasts: Sonnet Included
Spotted Curtains Included
Spotted Curtains Included
Sunshine vs. Raindrops Included Included Included
The Anthem Included Included
The Beauty Seeker Included
The Call of the West Included Included
The Canadian Hamlet To Canadian Hamlet Included
The Kingdom of Right Included
The Palace and the Cottage Included
The Price of War Included Is this the same as “Wreckage of War”?
The Switchers Included
The Trials of Life Included
The Wood Folks’ Anthem Included Included
The Wreckage of War Included
To A Bride Included Included Included
To a Little Bird Included
To Robert Burns Included Included
To the Glorious Dead Included Included
To the Pioneer Campers of Lake Madge Included
To Wilhelmina Stitch Included Included
Transformation Included
Wee Marion and the Big Black Night Included
Wishes Included
Wolves of the Night Included
Wreckage of War Included
You Are So Dear To Me Included
Your Mother’s Love Included Included