Eva’s poetry career takes off – The Royal Gazette

Eva Worsick with magazines containing her poetry (Photograph by Jessie Moniz Hardy)

Some adult poets struggle for years to see their work in print, but Eva Worsick is a published poet at age 10.

The work of the pupil of St George’s Preparatory School has appeared in recent editions of children’s literary magazines, stone soup and magic dragontwo competitive publications.

stone soup, published by the Children’s Art Foundation in Santa Cruz, California, is aimed at children ages 8-14 and written entirely by children. Eva’s poem was chosen from approximately 3,600 submissions each year. The magazine has a digital circulation of over a thousand customers, half of them in libraries and schools.

magic dragon has similar numbers and is aimed at students 12 and under. It is published in Webster, New York by the Association for the Encouragement of Children’s Creativity.

Eva discovered this summer that her poem Cedar would be published in stone soup, but did not know that his work had been accepted magic dragon until a copy arrives this month in the mail.

“I was very happy,” Eva said.

Eva had to make a recording of her poem to stone soupthe website of. At the time, St George’s Preparatory was still in distance learning.

“The principal played the recording on her Zoom assembly when we heard it would be released,” her mother Lucinda Spurling said. “It was good, because she’s shy, so she didn’t have to read it in front of people.”

Ms Spurling said Eva, a modest soul, was actually slightly embarrassed when the poem was played on Zoom.

“But it will be great for her to look back on her early publishing successes when she’s older,” Ms Spurling said.

Eva fell in love with poetry last year in Primary 5 when teacher Heidi Brown taught a unit on poetry. Writing was already one of Eva’s favorite things at school, and she took up poetry with zeal. She was soon scribbling verses at home and in class.

“My cousin had written a poem about a saw palmetto and her brother was going to write one about an olive wood,” Eva said. “As they were making trees, I wrote one on a cedar. In my house we have a cedar with a swing. But the swing is broken now. Cedars are one of my three favorite trees.

She dedicated the poem to her grandfather, Rick Spurling, who volunteers at the Carter House Museum in St David’s.

“Carter House is committed to conserving Bermuda’s pristine biodiversity, which includes all endemic and native species and excludes all invasive species,” Ms Spurling explained. “Carter House has planted 45 different native and endemic plant species on the museum grounds, including cedars. The cedar is of course one of the three most important endemic trees along with the olive and the dwarf palm. Eva’s Cedar Tree poem is on display inside the museum.”

In CedarEva described how the tree in her garden made her feel.

Swinging from your branches,

I feel like I have wings.

When I tell you my secrets,

You never say anything.

Her mother was impressed.

“She had written all these poems,” said filmmaker Ms. Spurling. “She came home from school with them. I thought it was pretty good for his age.

And Eva’s enthusiasm for poetry made her mother particularly happy as Eva struggled to read for the first three years of school, due to an eye disease.

“Once they got the correct diagnosis for his eye condition, it was all about catching up,” Ms Spurling said. “She is also the youngest child in her class. She was ten years old on December 21. Creativity is her strength and she enjoys writing. I wanted someone other than mom to tell her that she did a great job with her poetry and encourage her.

She thought that publishing Eva’s poems would give Eva a boost of confidence.

“I want to encourage him because not all kids will be the best mathematicians,” Ms Spurling said. “There are other forms of talent. I wanted to find a way to recognize his talent. I found a blog online that lists all the publications that accept child labor. Of these, there were three different ones that we could enter.

She submitted four of Eva’s poems to stone soup and Magic Dragon.

“They each accepted different poems,” Ms Spurling said. “I was really happy because they were competitive magazines.”

Eva’s poem accepted by magic dragon has been called Night Bird and was on the cahow.

As the cahow rustles out of its nest, while the others rest, the little birds take flight into the night.

The fact that Eva’s poem about a cahow had been accepted particularly pleased Mrs. Spurling. One of his first films was a documentary titled rare bird, on the rediscovery of the cahow.

“He’s a bird dear to my heart,” Ms Spurling said.

Ms Spurling said Eva remembered herself at that age.

“She’s more creative than academic and I can see that in myself,” Ms Spurling said. “I just want to encourage him. Being from a small island, it’s nice for the kids to see how their writing compares to other kids in the United States. It was both American publications. J I was very proud of her.”

Ms Spurling bought a few copies of the magazines to give to her friends and family at Christmas.

So far, Mrs. Spurling’s plan to boost her daughter’s confidence is working.

“It absolutely encouraged her to go back and write more, 100%,” Ms Spurling said. “The other night I put her to bed, but she came out later and told me she had to borrow my laptop because she was inspired. She wrote a poem.

“I’m working on other poems,” Eva said. “But I’m not sure what I’ll write next.”

For more information, see stonesoup.com or www.magicdragonmagazine.com.

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