Jodines Biography

Welcome to my Poetry Space.

I was a child of rural New Zealand in the 1970’s and moved into West Auckland in my early 20’s.  I have two adult children and one grandson.  I have a Post Graduate background in Social Work and Mental Health.

I have completed several undergraduate papers in Creative Writing at Auckland University where I was priviledged to be critiqued by legendary poets and writers such as Wystan CurnowEmily PerkinsMike Johnson and Lisa Samuels.  I am influenced by my favourite writer, Sylvia Plath.

Writing poetry and prose is my first passion, although I have always been interested in the Arts.  I have been a lead vocalist in a few working cover’s bands and I love to paint with acrylics.  I began writing as a form of therapy in my early 20’s, mostly in confessional versical rhyme, however with age my content and style is less introspective and more open to interpretation.  Metaphor’s and metonomy are commonplace.

I began reciting my poetry in the early 90’s in Raw Fish Salad, at Java Jive in Ponsonby created by Karen Hunter.  After a long break, I connected with poets in 2007 from Poetry Live in Auckland Central where I met the esteemed poet Miriam Barr.  My first poems are published in Side Stream edited by Miriam .

I hope you enjoy listening to me paint a picture with words as much as I enjoy writing them!

Jodine Derena Butler

24 thoughts on “Jodines Biography

  1. Hi Jodine,

    I came across your profile on Star Now, and I must say that I am very impressed with your webpage and your writing style.

    I’m a Brisbane based musician and songwriter who is working on a girl orientated pop/rock band, and I am after a drummer who also has vocal ability. Not sure where you are based in Queensland, but if you’re in Brisbane then I’d be keen to meet up with you and try you out for the band.

    My contact details are dariowestern@bigpond.com and 0437 428 859 if you would like to get in touch! :)

    Best wishes,

    Dario Western

  2. I am fine my friend, still getting to grips with WordPress but I think that this is indeed a fine new home, WLS was that for a number of years but alas where something ends there is a new beginning… It is time to add my own brand of wickedness to WordPress… lol Be well now… Androgoth

    • Hi sweet. I could have sworn I replied to you but can’t see it anywhere…? Look me up on Facebook if you would like to connect there. Lovely to hear from you. Jx

  3. I enjoy your work so much. You obviously put so much into it! And that on the best day takes a lot of courage and faith. Thanks so much for being present in the world. We need it. Gift poem for you below:

    The Tiniest Flower

    gets my visit today.
    I thank you friend for your

    softly swaying welcome.
    I have come here I must
    admit to be alone.

    Yet here we are proving
    that state of mind to be
    illusion. I believe

    in the very real strength
    of your leaves. To me they
    represent that which is

    more honest than the black
    winds. We have met upon
    this road and so must part.

    I know your fate and you
    know mine. However I
    am now one flower more.

    Darryl Price 2004-2010

  4. impressive!
    the world is a funny place…. eternity ago i was surfing the web and found some Karen Hunter’s music, and was amazed how good her songs/lyrics were. a bit later i met Jodine and found out how beautiful her poems were.
    should i move to New Zealand?:-)

  5. I have just made a poetry submission for Like Minds, Like Mine – ReTHiNKing Mental Illness and the Respond-Response Community Art Project currently promoting ‘What’s On You’re Plate’.

    This project aims to explore the concept of Madness. A sample of poetry will be put onto a plate and displayed to the public in an upcoming exhibition promoting mental health. Jx

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