Poetic Power

A Creative Communication blog

Featured Student Writer: Branna Sundy

Branna Sundy.jpgBranna Sundy is a 12-year-old attending Diablo View Middle School.  She is an avid reader and dog-lover who enjoys writing poetry and short stories.  She loves giving feedback on her dad’s books, making iMovies with her sisters, baking, playing the flute, performing in theatre shows, playing soccer, and dancing jazz and ballet.  The idea for “Night” came to her before bed one beautiful night as she looked outside her window.  She hopes to be a famous poet and writer someday.

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Featured Student Writer: Amandi Perera

Amandi PereraWhen I saw the envelope saying Spring 2016 Top Ten winner on it, I was humbled and amazed. My grandmother was with me when I saw the letter and, as my poem “You Are My Grandfather” was clearly inspired by my grandfather, she was ecstatic to hear it got selected.

I have always loved reading, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters being among my favourite authors. In high school, my teachers helped me realize that I love writing as well. I love the power of words and how their arrangement in varying ways can transform into describing an experience or feeling. I also love how each experience can be described in so many ways because of the endless number of perspectives one can have on just one experience. So after my grandfather’s passing, I met many people whose lives he had impacted in some way. Through this and my grandmother’s stories, I realized that my grandfather’s life was one that I could only hope to truly understand. He helped so many people and had the respect of so many, but he had never told me. This poem hopefully encompasses my realization of this and my newfound respect for him.

As for the future, I know that I want to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps and help others. I also know that, thanks to the encouragement of my English teachers, I will continue to write in the future and express myself through words.

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Featured Student Writer: Zara Motan

Zara Motan.jpgMy name is Zara Motan. I am the writer of the poem “The Northern Lights”. My poem was chosen in the top ten poems in the spring 2016 poetry contest.

I am 10 years old and love to read and write. My motivational inspiration to write poems was my teacher Ms. Pamela Rodriguez.

My goals for the future include being an author and writing mystery and adventure novels. For now, I look forward to writing more poems and entering them in more poetry contests.

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Featured Student Writer: Cailin Correia

Cailin CorreiaCailin was attending Kalamalka Secondary Schoolin Vernon when her poem, “Composer’s Satisfaction” was selected as a national Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2016 poetry anthology. This means that out of thousands of poems submitted into the contest, hers was selected as one of the ten best in her grade division.

Cailin will be attending McGill University in the fall for a BSc in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences eventually hoping to specialize in Wildlife Biology. In the future she plans on applying her education to the field of conservation in order to protect the planet’s wildlife and biological diversity. Her passion for piano inspired her to create the poem. She started playing the piano when she was seven and will continue to play into her future. She enjoys exploring new places, food, music, art and all things to do with animals.

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Featured Student Writer: Libby Snowden

Libby SnowdenLibby was attending Kenmore Middle School when her poem, “Where Else to Go?” was selected as a national Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2016 poetry contest. This means that out of thousands of poems submitted into the contest, hers was selected as one of the ten best in her grade division. You can view her winning poem by clicking here.

Libby will be a freshman this year and she loves science and going to the beach.  Her dad is in the military, so she’s had the opportunity to live in some pretty cool places like California, Memphis, DC, and Charleston.  However, every time she moves, she leaves behind the friends she made and the schools that she loved, and that’s what inspired her poem.  She’s spent most of her life in California, so she has always considered it home.  She had awesome friends and amazing teachers, so she was devastated to leave.  The details in the second stanza of her poem are all memories she has of leaving.  In her poem, she wanted to highlight the struggles she had to overcome as a military kid.  And while her poem may seem sad, she would never trade her experiences.  Yes, it stinks to move, but the opportunities she has had have been incredible (one of them being this contest).  Someday, she hopes she can use her experiences to make a positive impact on my community by teaching others about the lifestyle.  It’s a life she’s learned to love and learned a lot from.

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