Despite it’s condescending title, “The Ladies: God Bless Them!”, a short article in William Arthur Deacon’s The Four Jameses (1927), is important in that it contains reference to some of “the ladies” who interest us: notably Anastatia Hogan.
In going back and revisiting authors we had revised in the SFU database, I noticed that our information about Anastatia Hogan might be erroneous. It might also be exactly true. The problem is, I can’t tell which. It turns out that there were at least three Anastatia (or Anastasia) Hogans born in Newfoundland at the right time to be our author, and we have no concrete evidence about which is the poet Anastatia.
W.A. Deacon’s article does not shed much light on this biographical conundrum, but it does tell us a little about Anastatia Hogan as a poet, and a very little, too, about other female poets of the time.
The opening poem in the article is by Lady Roddick (Amy Redpath Roddick). James McIntyre’s daughter Kate Ruttan is discussed in the text—not surprisingly as he in one of the “four Jameses”—along with only two other women: Anastatia Hogan from Newfoundland, and Lillian Forbes Gunter of Regina, Saskatchewan. Of these, most attention is given to Anastatia Hogan, but we are still left wondering who she was, who her parents were, where she lived, and how poetry was integrated into her fuller life.
We’ll delve a little deeper, of course, but so far we have no way of determining which Anastatia to follow, biographically. If anyone out there has more information, please let us know!
Deacon, William Arthur. “The Ladies: God Bless Them!” The Four Jameses (Ottawa: Graphic, 1927) 181-185.