Gwendolen Haste

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Carol Mullaney

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Even though Gwendolen Haste has lived and worked in New York City since 1925, she is still a Western poet. She spent a number of her most productive years in Billings, Montana, helping her father edit the Scientific Farmer; and her best poems picture the lives of ranchers—men, women, and children—in the years when the West was being settled.

Forty and more years later, these Western poems still speak strongly of and to the experience of women anywhere—on a ranch, in a suburb, in a city. Perhaps this is because they speak of a loneliness, an isolation, a boredom that is localized in the poems, and yet universal.