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Scoop Issue 32 - Expression Music and Poetry

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Scoop is a magazine for 7 to 13 year olds that publishes all forms of story, told by world renowned authors and illustrators including Raymond Briggs, Catherine Johnson, Tom Whipple, Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Priestley, Nicholas Bowling, Laura Dockrill, Emerald Fennell, Celia Rees, Joan Aiken, Tom Stoppard, MG Leonard, Michael Foreman, Piers Torday, Cathy Brett, Neil Gaiman, AF Harrold and John Agard. Each issue includes short stories, non-fiction, poetry, comics, interviews, reviews, activities and quizzes. We explore everything from punk to painting, from science to poetry, from super-natural phenomena to playwriting!

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United Kingdom
Curious Publishing Ltd
6 Issues

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1 min.

Howdy Scoopets, I’m ecstatic to be guest editor on this musically poetic issue. Poetry has been a huge part of my life, starting out as a hobby in school, becoming a pastime as I took my poems to the stage and then turning into a career as I got published. Poetry and music translate the soul, they give us ways to express the indiscernible, taking us on journeys to other worlds, allowing us to step into the shoes of others and to experience a universe of feelings. In this issue you will find tear-jerking stories about poems, you’ll discover the wonders of zoomusicology and beat boxing and be wowed at how poetry and music have changed nations. I remember writing my first poem at school, I can’t remember how it went, but…

3 min.
joseph coelho

Can you tell us about the poetry you write? I write poems about all sorts of things, from fairy tales about zombies (Zombierella!) to poems about nature, family and the environment. I very much enjoy playing with form – that means I experiment with different types of poems. The poem I have in this issue is a sestina: it has six verses and the last word on each line, in each verse, repeats according to a pattern. I find that playing with form allows for some lovely poetic surprises. Do you listen to music when you write? I have a playlist of songs that I can write to, consisting of jazz by Chet Baker and pretty much anything by Jeff Buckley. Anything else tends to disrupt the flow so it has to be…

1 min.
express yourself! get ready to sway to the rhythm of music and poetry and feel the pleasure of lyrical expression..

Music is a part of every known society, past and present, and is common to all human cultures across the globe. Poetry is a marvellous way to express emotions and thoughts through words. You may have watched the young poet Amanda Gorman at the US inauguration last month. It was clear from her words and her performance that poetry can, as our guest editor says, ‘translate the soul’. Through these two art forms, both music and poetry are things that we can all enjoy, as listeners as well as creators. You don’t need fancy equipment or special information. You just need your heart and soul and to have something that you want to sing and write about. As the great musician and Nobel literature laureate Bob Dylan said: ‘I consider myself a…

2 min.
weird poetry

In June 1877, a strange thing happened to an out-of-work Irish weaver living in Scotland. To quote his own words: I seemed to feel as it were a strange kindof feeling stealing over me, and remainedso for about five minutes. A flame, as LordByron has said, seemed to kindle up myentire frame, along with a strong desire towrite poetry; and I felt so happy, so happy,that I was inclined to dance, then I began topace backwards and forwards in the room,trying to shake off all thought of writingpoetry; but the more I tried, the more strongthe sensation became. It was so strong, Iimagined that a pen was in my right hand,and a voice crying, ‘Write! Write!’ Write he did, producing more than 258 gems of verse over the next quarter century and…

1 min.
overheard in a tower block

There are things that lurk in the library,that thumb and squeeze between the leaves.New worlds can be found in the books,characters listen to all that you read.There are whisperings between the wordsand shivers rearing to leap on your spine. Run your fingertips along the spine,feel the bones of each book in your library.Watch amazed as the muscle-wordsflex! Robbed of the will to leave,you are compelled to stay and read.There are worlds to be found in these books. There are worlds to be found in these books:ideas that wise minds have opined,tales of the deepest red.Unknown narratives skulk in this librarywhere parables rustle like leaves,where mouths taste new words. There are sagas in you if you look inward.Your whole life could be read as a book,all your fears bound into uncut leaves.Fairy tales are…

2 min.
what is a haiku?

At the full moon’s rising, the silver-plumed reeds tremble Haiku are only three lines long. Here is an example of a poem by the grand master of haiku, Masaoka Shiki, who died in 1902: At the full moon’srising, the silver-plumedreeds tremble Here is another one: Autumn is leaving,tugging each others’ branchestwo pine trees Traditionally, Japanese haiku are about nature. The poet chooses to describe a contemplative moment (which means a moment when the world seems to stand still and you are just observing and thinking). I think one reason haiku are so popular these days is that the world seems to be churning very fast – have you noticed? There is always so much to do – homework, school, chores, eating your dinner, brushing your teeth. Composing haiku or reading someone else’s haiku makes you slow…