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The author of the book: Jeanette Lynes
Edition: Freehand Books
Date of issue: September 30th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781551119267
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 36.94 MB
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Jeannete Lynes is a solid enough poet. And Dusty Springfield—who this book led me to study at greater depth—cuts quite the fascinating figure. So what's the problem with It's Hard Being Queen: The Dusty Springfield Poems? Some possible answers: (1) the looseness of Lynes' poetic forms, (2) the way in which most of these poems revolve elliptically around a biographical event, like so many inside-jokes...
Don't get me wrong: I generally find the mode of (auto)biographical poetry to be quite interesting. But with this collection, I tended to get the impression that I was watching from the outside, that I was reading a verse-translation of a biography rather than a verse-translation of a first-person subjective experience. I was not overly impressed with the result.
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Read information about the authorJeanette Lynes is an award-winning author and has published half a dozen collections of her poetry, as well as both appearing in and editing several anthologies. The Factory Voice is her first published work of fiction.
She has served in writer-in-residence positions in Saskatoon and Dawson Creek, BC. She holds a Ph.D in English from York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.
Jeanette spent six years working in Thunder Bay before taking her current position as an English professor at St. Francis Xavier University where she is the campus newspaper editor.
She currently lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
From the author:
I've always loved to write. When I was growing up on a farm in Ontario, I made newspapers of local goings-on in the community: for example, 'Mrs. MacTavish Gets Smashing New Easter Bonnet'. I drew the boxes around the little stories and everything, just like a real newspaper.
When I was in high school, I worked in a factory one summer; I've written about this in a poem called "Hairnets and Giblets," from my first book of poetry. My factory experience was brief but made a deep impression on me, especially the various loyalties and allegiances within the workplace, and how a factory becomes a kind of micro-world unto itself.
I've always been fascinated by how people interact with each other and a fiction project like The Factory Voice allowed me the space to explore this fascination.
When I lived in Thunder Bay during the 1990s, I was involved in an project based on Canadian Car and Foundry, the factory in former-day Fort William, that made war planes. The project involved interviewing ladies who had worked on the line during the war. Their stories never left me, and around 2001, I began to imagine their lives in the aviation plant, and thus began The Factory Voice.
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