David Eggleton: Performance Poet

David Eggleton

On Thurday 27th August 2015, the Oamaru Library hosted performance poet David Eggleton as part of our celebrations for National Poetry Day.  David  has increasingly been recognised as a distinctive voice in the development of a localised New Zealand poetic language. He has won many awards and has recently published a new collection of poems called 'The Conch Trumpet'.

David began the evening reading his poem 'The Conch Trumpet', then charmed the crowd with a poem about Oamaru. His poem called 'Due North' was met with loud applause. He then read some of his poems about the Mackenzie country. These poems had beautiful imagery and definitely had the crowd captivated. Something I noticed about David's poems is that they have a mixture of real-life but also quite romantic landscape descriptions. His poem 'Old Man Nor'wester' is an excellent example of this.

David then recited a more recent poem that he had published in North and South. A beautiful quote from this poem was "Jars of light, dust motes swirling...brilliant light to journey by".

After David had finished his performance, he answered several questions from the audience and then revealed the winner of our Book Spine Poetry winner. Congratulations to Tani Newton whose winning poem can be found in the Book Spine Poetry album on our Facebook page.

We were delighted to host David and hear him perform his poems with such passion and energy. It was a great end to our National Poetry Day celebrations.

Julia de Ruiter