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It’s Hard Being Queen

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2008
  • ISBN: 9781551119267 / 1551119269
  • 91 pages; 6" x 8½"

In this, her fourth book of poetry, one of Canada’s best-loved poets takes on one of the most compelling divas of our time. In sixty-one audacious poems, Jeanette Lynes re-imagines and reanimates the peripatetic art, life, and times of Dusty Springfield.

Alternating between playful irreverence and profound compassion, It’s Hard Being Queen paints a compulsively readable portrait of an extraordinary life. Each page is infused with wit, drama, and, of course, music. Jeanette Lynes not only steps into the icon’s shoes—she lives in her skin.

“A remarkable, one-of-a-kind achievement and simply a great read. Mixing play with a Yeatsian cold eye, Lynes’s respect for her complex and human subject is felt in each and every line.”
—David McGimpsey

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