And the Winners Are...

Spotlight on Poetry Contest Winners

by Rhonda Noda

April springs in with the Annual VCWC Poetry Contest celebration! Come out and help us celebrate our 17th Annual Poetry Contest on April 10, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. We will be celebrating at the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Parks facility, in the Senior Center, 1605 Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA 93010, This year we are celebrating all the different styles and techniques of writing poetry, which includes poetry written by both adults and children. We look forward to your presence at this great celebration!
The definition of poetry and explanation has no simple answer because there are many different opinions on this subject. Most people think that poems have to rhyme, which is a style, but not the only way to write a poem. Movement and sound are the two main ingredients of poetry, then add feelings and you have a completely dysfunctional image of what poetry is. Imagine my surprise to find there are over fifty styles of poetry! I thought there were ten or fifteen types of poems: rhyming poems, sonnets, lyrics, free verse, and imagery to name few. So I typed in to Google “what are the styles of poetry” and found a plethora of styles. The first site I found was, What Are Different Types of Poems? This site lists twenty-eight types of poetry with example poems, with a few definitions of poetry styles. The next link I found, Poem of Quotes, listed 55 Types of Poems, which provides a brief descriptions of each type and examples.
The truth of the matter is, anyone can write a poem with tools listed above. Shadow Poetry, a poet’s writing resource shares the traditional poetry forms and provides a list of invented poetry
forms. If you need a little more help with understanding how to use techniques and styles of poetry writing, Gary R. Hess shares common techniques when writing poems.
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