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Writing Workshop: Becoming Mindful in Place

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Are you interested in slowing down and being more mindful of the world around you? Do you want to sink your roots somewhere, explore …


Loki Goodness Campaign 5

Sometimes we publish fiction here at Tweetspeak Poetry. And we definitely give a place to student writing. This series qualifies as both. If you’re a


Top 10 Reasons to Re-Read 'Rumors of Water'

I’m not the sort of writer who reads a lot of how-to writing books. It’s not that I don’t think they are good, or that I couldn’t use the …

Creative Writing

The Shakespeare Files: Sonnet 104 (Annotated)

The Shakespeare Files: an occasional feature of annotations and exclamations on the poetry of William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare

Authors & Bloggers: Delicious Promotion Via WordCandy

We recently rolled out super promotion packages for authors who want to take advantage of our 4.3-million-impression-reach per month, to make a …

Mark Twain

Daniel Bowman Jr.’s “A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country”

I can tell you almost exactly where I was around 2 a.m. most nights in January 1988 – doing the graveyard shift for the feeding of our second, …


Photo Play: Golf & Greens

“To me, the most confusing part about golf is that I don’t know whether I’d rather actually be playing golf, or sitting on the green composing haikus …


Tragedy and Comedy: Why We Love Them, What's the Point

Tragedy and Comedy: Understanding the Psychology and Neurology

Why do people enjoy tragedy and comedy? It’s a wide question, perhaps especially of …


Top Ten Chicken Poems

It’s hard to say whether it was Tweetspeak’s peculiar love for chickens, or whether our inner Emily Litella was over-eager to make an April 1 …

Literary Tour: International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln, NE

I have an old quilt stitched by my maternal grandmother. My mother used to keep it folded atop her cedar chest in the basement; now it makes the …


Tania Pryputniewicz and “November Butterfly”

To enter the world of Tania Pryputniewicz’s November Butterfly: Poems is to walk with Queen Nefertiti in ancient Egypt, Queen Guinevere in Camelot, …


Golf & Greens: Playlist and Poetry Prompt

Once you catch the sharp scent of chlorophyll on the breeze, warmer days aren’t far behind. We think that’s a reason to celebrate—and celebrate we …


Read for Fun—Reading Yourself into the Story

We recently talked about the Read for Fun movement on Twitter, considering the ways a love for reading (for its own sake) can be overtaken by the


A More Beautiful Question: Taking the Brain Off High Alert

It’s unfair of me to blame the chickens.

But a tiny part of me wants to. They’re an easy target, after all. They don’t fly. Well, most don’t. (Their …

The Brain

National Poetry Month: Show Us Your (Poetry) Jeans

Did you know that celebrated poet Charles Simic writes in bed? We love that casual approach to a seriously successful poetry life.So, thanks to …


It's National Poultry Month!

National Poultry Month, At Last

After a long, hard winter that had us huddled in our respective nests, April is finally here and it’s time to hatch …


Poets and Poems: Jeannine Hall Gailey and “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter”

Growing up in mosquito-laden New Orleans, one of the periodic excitements in the neighborhood was the arrival of the fogging trucks. They would …


Poetry Prompt: Native Air

In the opening verse of Ode on Solitude, the 18th century English poet Alexander Pope professed:

Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres …


Poetry for Life Scholarship Finalist: Katie Hibner

This fall, we created the Poetry for Life Scholarship, which was open to applicants of any college major or intended major. It’s just one of the ways …


Poetry for Life Scholarship Winner: Leah Kovitch

This fall, we created the Poetry for Life Scholarship, which was open to applicants of any college major or intended major. It’s just one of the ways …


The Writing Life: The Writer's Delusion and Telling it Slant

My writing desk overlooks our fenced-in backyard where red squirrels chase each other in death-defying scamps along the edge of our privacy fence and …


Castle Conversations: Arianna Huffington at Manhattanville College

“It starts like a threeeler!” says Arianna, trilling the “th” and turning the word thriller into something exotic, with her signature Greek accent—an …

Arianna Huffington

The Best in Poetry: This Month's Top Ten Poetic Picks

The best in poetry (and poetic things)

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Do you fiddle with photography? Try your hand with Instagram? Ever wonder how that other Instagrammer …


Poetry Prompt: Wind, What's Your Name?

Austru is the cold winter wind from the east and calls Romania home. Zephyros, is the Greek god and gentle wash of spring air who visits from the …


A More Beautiful Question: What If You Sleep On It?

The nature of my work is such that I spend a good deal of time on the road. Not just traveling, say to spend a few days at a conference or in …

Romeo and Juliet: Surprise, Shakespeare Favored The Girl

In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, while it may seem unlikely because of the historical time, Shakespeare is most sympathetic to a young woman …

Poets and Poems: The Great Indian Poetry Project

Quick question: what do you know about poetry and poets from India?

My own quick answer: Not much. My reading and understanding of poetry is generally …

Top 10 'Dip Into Poetry' Lines

We began a daily sharing over Every Day Poems on Twitter, inviting you to take a dip into poetry with us. Perhaps for you, the poem could be a pool. …

A More Beautiful Question: Thinking in Questions

When I was small–whatever age it was that afforded me the luxury of riding around in the back seat with no more obligation but to look out the …

Poets and Poems: Claudia Rankine and “Citizen”

The fifth nominated work for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. It is as different …