Monday, May 7, 2012

Victoria Beaudin Johnson (1899-1976)

Teacher, Poet
Born April 3, 1899, Wisconsin
Died February 1976, Detroit, Michigan

Teacher and poet Victoria Beaudin Johnson was born on April 3, 1899, in Wisconsin, daughter of a French Canadian father and a mother from Wisconsin. In her youth (1900 and 1910) she lived in Colburn, Wisconsin. In 1920 she was located in Pepin, Wisconsin, where she taught in the public schools. She married another teacher, Howard L. Johnson, in the 1920s and by 1930 was living in Detroit, Michigan. She is counted among Michigan poets and had verse published in a book of that name in 1936. Her one poem for Weird Tales is called "Disillusionment." It appeared in the December 1935 issue of "The Unique Magazine." Victoria Beaudin Johnson died in Detroit in February 1976.

Victoria Beaudin Johnson's Poem in Weird Tales
"Disillusionment" (Dec. 1935)

Further Reading
If you can find a copy of the anthology 1936 Michigan Poets, you can read the following poems by Victoria Beaudin Johnson: "A Dialogue," "Open the Windows," "Understanding," "Experience," "Fidelity," and "Dreams."

Another poem by Victoria Beaudin Johnson:

The Second Crucifixion

They crushed the thorns into His brow and struck harsh blows that day.
O Lord, I would not treat Thee so–I only walked away.

They drove the nails into His hands and raised the cross on high.
O Lord, that men could be so vile–I only passed Thee by.

But blinded eyes and heart of stone will spurn a love like Thine.
O Lord, I struck the cruelest blows; the sharpest thorns were mine.

"Disillusionment," a poem by Victoria Beaudin Johnson, appeared in this issue of Weird Tales, December 1935. The cover art was by Margaret Brundage, another female artist of the Great American Midwest. The skull looks like it's gnawing on poor Conan's shinbone.
Text and captions copyright 2012 Terence E. Hanley

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