Poetry Powerhouse

by Judith Mathison

The Ventura County Writers Club launched its annual Poetry Contest on January 1, 2018. We’ve planned several poetry speakers over the first few months of the New Year to get you in the groove for this genre. We begin with a young poet whose accomplishments to date would fill up our entire newsletter!

February 13, 2018: Our meeting at the Senior Center proudly features powerhouse LA poet Rick Lupert. He’ll share his thoughts about the poetry genre and a variety of poems he’s written and published in the last few years. Here are a few lines from his humorous “Rules for Poetry” (Rattle #33, Summer 2010 Tribute to Humor):

Never use the word ‘forever’. It reminds people they’re going to die and the last thing you need is people distracted by their mortality during your poem.

Use as few words as possible. In fact, hand out blank sheets of paper and tell people it’s your finest work.

If you ever use the phrase ‘darkness in my soul’ be prepared for me to come to your house and kill you.

For the scoop on Rick and his many accomplishments and current endeavors, check out his Poetry Super Highway website, http://www.poetrysuperhighway.com/rick/.

We meet on the second Tuesday of every month
except December at 7:00 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Community Center
Senior Center Room
 1605 Burnley Street
Camarillo, CA