Amelia Earhart poem collection
Poems explore possible endings to story of Amelia Earhart
British Columbia writer Heidi Greco recently launched her collection of poems where she tells a multitude of stories about what she thinks may have happened to Earhart.
A writer from British Columbia has compiled a collection of poems she’s written regarding the story of Amelia Earhart.
The story and mysteries involving the life of Amelia Earhart are all too familiar for residents of Harbour Grace. Heidi Greco, a writer from the west coast of Canada, has taken a particular interest in one of Canada’s most well known female pilots.
On Saturday, May 20, Greco launched her book titled Flightpaths at the Conception Bay Museum in Harbour Grace. That date also happened to be the 85th anniversary of Earhart’s departure from the Harbour Grace airstrip in 1932.
Greco’s book is a collection of poems in which Greco tells her own stories of what may have happened to Earhart after her disappearance in 1937, when Earhart attempted a circumnavigational flight of the globe.
The mystery of Earhart’s disappearance has piqued the interest of people all over the world, with speculations ranging from a devastating crashlanding, to Earhart being an American spy, to Earhart being captured by the Japanese and being held in a Prisoner of War camp.
Greco told The Compass her book explores a multitude of different theories about Earhart’s life, rather than focusing on one specific story.
“Each poem is sort of my own interpretation of different theories and ideas I’ve seen and heard during my research into Amelia Earhart,” said Greco. “There are people out there who believe they know for certain what happened to her, and there are people who claim they have concrete evidence backing up whatever theory they believe. I’m not claiming to know what happened to her, I’m simply telling stories, which is what I’ve always loved to do.”
Greco read excerpts of her book during the launch, taking significant pieces from several poems to read aloud to her audience of about 25 people,
who all claimed to be enveloped in the story told by Greco’s sentences.
Greco said her interest in Earhart developed when she was a young girl, adding that female role models for girls at the time were fairly limited.
“Of course there were some big names. Hellen Keller comes to mind, but as you can imagine, it was easier for a young girl to admire and want to be like Amelia Earhart,” explained Greco. “I think that’s where the initial interest came from.”
Greco said the poems in her book vary from sad and tragic, to more uplifting stories, some of which were written from the perspective of a journal entry by Earhart herself.
Amelia Earhart’s departure from Harbour Grace in 1932 saw her bound for Paris. Earhart took off at around 7 p.m., with the intentions of arriving in Paris during the daytime.
However, Earhart’s flight was racked by unpleasant weather conditions and mechanical issues, resulting in her landing in Culmore, Northern Ireland.
Following Earhart’s disappearance five years later, Greco says she is far from the only person who’s taken an interest in the story. She has been in contact with several people across the world who have explored Earhart’s disappearance, and says since she was a child, the interest has never faltered.
“I honestly don’t know if her story will ever have a concrete ending. There are so many people out there who have looked into it, and still, there’s been nothing to say that this or that is what happened for sure,” said Greco. “I think that’s what’s so interesting about it. If the mystery had been solved 10 or 20 years ago, then that would have been it. Instead, we have all these interesting stories and theories, and the name Amelia Earhart lives on through that.”
Through the years, Greco has written several books, including Shrinking Violets, Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia, and The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them.
Greco’s book is published through Caitlin Press, and has been available for purchase since the launch on Saturday, May 20.
“There are people out there who believe they know for certain what happened to her, and there are people who claim they have concrete evidence backing up whatever theory they believe. I’m not claiming to know what happened to her, I’m simply telling stories, which is what I’ve always loved to do.”
Author Heidi Greco
Heidi Greco held a launch for her book on Saturday, May 20th, on the 85th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s departure from Harbour Grace.
Heidi Greco’s book Flightpaths is published through Caitlin Press.