Amelia Earhart poem col­lec­tion

Po­ems ex­plore pos­si­ble end­ings to story of Amelia Earhart

The Compass - - Front Page - BY CHRIS LEWIS

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

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COMPASS

Heidi Greco held a launch for her book on Satur­day, May 20th, on the 85th an­niver­sary of Amelia Earhart’s de­par­ture from Har­bour Grace.

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Heidi Greco’s book Flight­paths is pub­lished through Caitlin Press.

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