The Hanging of Jean Lee by Jordie Albiston

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May 1999, no. 210

The Hanging of Jean Lee by Jordie Albiston

Black Pepper, $19.95 pb, 75 pp

The Hanging of Jean Lee by Jordie Albiston

by
May 1999, no. 210

The Hanging of Jean Lee is the third verse novel I have reviewed recently, except that this one is closer to the verse documentary.

As one might expect, it is a grim, tough story of the deterioration of a young woman’s life and its brutal end. It is divided into four sections with deliberately cold-hearted titles, Personal Pages, Entertainment Section, Crime Supplement and Death Notices. The Hanging of Jean Lee is economically and imaginatively conceived with a strong narrative drive. In a series of short connected poems, Jordie Albiston has made a heart-breaker out of her material, ringing the verse changes, using rhyme and blank verse in short chopped lines, colloquial language, reportage, and newspaper headlines with considerable skill.

Dorothy Hewett reviews 'The Hanging of Jean Lee' by Jordie Albiston

The Hanging of Jean Lee

by Jordie Albiston

Black Pepper, $19.95 pb, 75 pp

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