The latest issue of broadsheet 23, May 2019, features Auckland-born poet Margaret Jeune, of Wellington. Jeune began writing in childhood and was first published in the Children’s page of The Evening Post. Since then her poetry has been widely represented in regional journals and anthologies. In 2019, HeadworX published two books of her poetry.
Other poets included are: Anita Arlov, Karen Peterson Butterworth, Tony Chad, Bill Dacker, Michael Duffett (USA), Brentley Frazer (Australia), Siobhan Harvey, Alex Jeune, Annie Newcomer (USA), Alistair Paterson, Mark Raffills, P V Reeves (1927-2019), Marion Rego, Bill Sutton and Gill Ward.
The editor Mark Pirie writes in his Preface:
“This issue’s featured poet is Margaret Jeune. Margaret Jeune (also known as Margaret June and Margaret Webb) was born in Auckland in 1956 and grew up in Wainuiomata in the Hutt Valley. She lived in Wellington from the late 1970s and moved up to Otaki on the Kapiti Coast in 1990 and from there to Levin in the Horowhenua in 1999. She returned to Wellington in 2017. She has a BA in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood). She works as an Early Childhood Teacher. Currently she works as a relief teacher for Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens.
Margaret has lived a varied work life that has involved many occupations, including serving on the Otaki Community Board, under the Kapiti Coast District Council, from 1996 to 2001. She also served on the Waiopehu College Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. In 2002 and 2005, she was the Alliance candidate for Otaki.
This year, my publishing company, HeadworX, produced two books of her poetry: the first Flight Paths contains some of her best poems from her middle writing period (late 1980s till now). The second book Upbeat features a selection of her early poetry 1969-1987.
As her work has remained outside of book publication till this year, I have decided to feature her work in broadsheet by giving an overview of her writing starting with some of her recent poems from Flight Paths and ending with some of her early poems from Upbeat. Her writing certainly deserves more exposure and a wider audience of readers.
Tony Chad writes that Margaret’s poetry contains “…good solid images of urban and rural New Zealand mixed with a quirky sense of humour.”
Her poetry was first published in the Children’s page of The Evening Post. Since then her poetry has been widely represented in regional journals and anthologies. She has also had her poetry published under the name of “M.A. June”.
As with previous broadsheet features, some of her writing friends appear here alongside her: Marion Rego, Gill Ward, Tony Chad (publisher of Margaret’s poems in Valley Micropress 1997-2018), the late P V Reeves, and Karen Peterson Butterworth; and also Margaret’s son Alex Jeune.
A few poets outside of the feature appear again in broadsheet. I welcome back Anita Arlov, Siobhan Harvey, Alistair Paterson, Bill Sutton, Michael Duffett (USA), Brentley Frazer (Australia) and Annie Newcomer (USA). Mark Raffills appears in broadsheet for the first time.
Wellington, May 2019”