Jane Frank

Jane Frank is an Australian poet based in Brisbane, originally from the Fraser Coast region of Queensland. Her most recent chapbook is Wide River (Calanthe Press, 2020). In 2020, she was runner up in the Wigtown Poetry Prize and shortlisted for the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript. Her work has appeared widely in national and international journals, as well as in the following anthologies: Grieve (volume 8), the Heroines anthology and Pale Fire: New Writing on the Moon. Jane spent a number of years living in Scotland in the 1990s so also had poems included in Forty Voices Strong: An Anthology of Contemporary Scottish Poetry and Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry. Her inspiration for poems comes from discovering the surreal in the everyday, interest and earlier qualifications in art history, the landscapes of childhood, wise things her children say that stop her in her tracks, and time spent by the sea.


Jane Frank

Photo: Mary-Louise Anning


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Rose Madder

You once told me rose madder lake was your
favourite colour. I always thought of tranquil
pink water, a canoe being rowed with paint

brushes as oars. You liked – I know – its fugitive
transparency, and showed me the way Turner
used it in his skies, explaining its powers of

granulation. I kept a sample you gave me with
its range of different depths. There’s a photo-
graph of you next to my bed – I’d say you’re

40. I see your cheeks and lips stained rosy
despite the sharp morning light. The mouth of
the Girl with a Pearl Earring was painted madder

lake, but I’ve learned that since. Vermeer used
rose madder to deepen vermilion, to stop the
rich colour fading, to hold memory in place.

Jane Frank

From Grieve: Stories and Poems of Grief and Loss, volume 8 (Hunter Writers Centre, 2020)