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Sprightly Testaments

Where She Lives by Jean Frances Ginninderra Press, 2012, 76 pages, $20 The poems of Jean Frances are sprightly and youthful, sparely punctuated in short lines of modernism-influenced free verse. Some are written from the perspective of the models who posed for paintings by Klimt, Manet and Rubens, while others are concerned with artists like Van Gogh, Bruegel and Suzanne Valadon, and others again are inspired by musicians such as Bach and Satie, but when the speaker of a Jean Frances poem might be taken as the poet herself, the subject is often found engaged in hearty outdoor activity, such as…

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