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 now reside in Cairns,Australia. I have two adult children, two grand children and another on the way. I have a Post Graduate background in Social Work and Mental Health.
I have completed a Certificate of Proficiency in Creative Writing and several undergraduate papers at Auckland University where I was priviledged to be critiqued by legendary poets and writers such as Wystan Curnow, Emily Perkins, Mike 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