biography of sorts)
Arthur Amon currently
abides in the inner city Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn. He was born in
Raglan and grew up in Atiamuri (a small township in central North Island).
In 1977, his family moved north to the sunnier climes of Whangaparaoa,
where Arthur attended the local secondary school, then on to the University
of Auckland, where he gained Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
A trained secondary
school teacher, Arthur is currently working as a part-time writer/editor/researcher
for Auckland University of Technology and as a part-time sculptor.
His sculptures have been exhibited at the annual Cityside Baptist Stations
of the Cross exhibition (see www.cityside.org.nz) and are also hanging
in a West Auckland church building and an office in Waitakere City, and
lurking in a Mount Albert garden.
is Arthurs second book of poetry. He describes his style as
conversational, seeking to capture speech patterns, and looking for the
sublime or illuminating moments in everyday life. The poems range across
the spectrum from funny to weird, serious to romantic.
Some of the wide-ranging
factors influencing his poetry are: poets such as e. e. cummings, William
Carlos Williams, Laurie Anderson, and T.S. Elliot; 20th Century
American poets generally; Hone Tuwhare, Ian Wedde, The Front
Lawn (Harry Sinclair and Don McGlashan); the kiwi vernacular;
his familys sense of humor; the Bible particularly books
like Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, Ezekiel and the gospels.
I started writing
regularly in 1989, says Arthur; I normally write between 40
100 poems a year (although thats just a guess). When
describing his inspiration to write he explains, Mostly I write
because I have a strange compulsion to. Something happens or a situation
exists that strikes me in a particular way. I am an idealist, and would
like the world to be a better place; to me, though, that doesnt
mean imposing things on others or doing something for their own
good. Rather, I like to draw attention to the human condition,
to the weird things we do to ourselves and/or each other, or the things
that make life funny, difficult, beautiful, or interesting in some way.
Arthur has extensive
live performance experience, including readings in secondary schools,
various pubs and cafes, churches, folk groups, TEAR Fund gigs and with
local bands or musicians. Arthur is also a regular performer at the Parachute
Music Festival, an annual event held in Matamata, attended by over 20,000
In October 2002,
Arthur embarks on his first national tour of poetry readings, seminars,
and related happenings, possibly in conjunction with local musicians.
Ph/Fax +64-9-378 8886
He Said It To Himself (1997)
Safety Matches (2002)
Both are published
by Small Print