Poetry for the people
Amanda Eason scribe.
Her nearly four-decade-long love affair with poetry has taken her to the Spanish mountains, an eccentric English school and a bohemian squat in London.
The Mt Albert resident is now back in New Zealand and preparing for a free poetry reading with some of the country’s most well-known and respected writers at the Pt Chevalier library tomorrow.
The free event features poets Bob Orr, Johanna Emeney, Janet Charman and novelist Sarah Laing.
Eason says poetry should be interesting and relatable.
‘‘I’m very disappointed when poetry is boring because it should be electrifying,’’ Eason says.
‘‘I write poetry that hopefully other people want to read, so it’s a real person talking about real
is no ordinary experiences,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s about ordinary life; a woman allowing herself to go grey, or their child coping with bullying or sewing name-tags in your child’s clothing.
‘‘Readers will enjoy and understand the work. Hopefully they’ll be encouraged to pick up a pen.’’
Eason became interested in the written and spoken word as a teenager while studying modern American poetry at Auckland University in the late 1970s.
She completed her postgraduate studies in teaching and a masters in English before heading to a quiet Spanish mountain village to write. It was during her 20 years in London that she really established herself with work appearing in publications including the Observer, the New Statesman and The London Magazine.
She taught at Hill House, an ‘‘eccentric prep school’’ in Knightsbridge while living at Bonnington Square Housing Co- operative in Vauxhall, a famous bohemian community founded by artists, writers and musicians.
Eason has been ‘‘writing like a maniac’’ since returning to Auckland in 2010.
‘‘Some people may think poetry is elitist and not for them but I believe poetry is for everyone,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s of people.’’
Eason has published four collections of poetry. She will be reading pieces from her book Reasons for Loving published in 1992, and a selection of her more recent work.
The audience will get the chance to read their own poetry during the second half of the event.
Write stuff: Amanda Eason enjoys teaching poetry as much as she loves writing and reading it.