L.L. Barkat

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Take Your Poet to Work Day: Rosario Castellanos

Summer is one of the happiest seasons at Tweetspeak Poetry, because it is the season of Take Your Poet to Work Day (or, you know, to the beach). It’s …

Literature

Take Your Poet to Work Day: Juana Inés de la Cruz

Summer is one of the happiest seasons at Tweetspeak Poetry, because it is the season of Take Your Poet to Work Day (or, you know, to the beach). It’s …

Literature

Using Poetry to Reflect Upon the Civil War – Part 3: Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) is known as “America’s Poet,” and for good reason. His poetry captured the spirit of a country that was growing, expanding, …

Literature

Onomatopeia Firework Poems

For better or for worse, the word “firework” is one of those words we feel—I’ve broken out in hives, and I’ve felt my heart beat for pure joy of …

Middle School

Reading in the Wild: June's Pages

Just as there are summer movies, there are also summer books—the kind to read beside the pool, to listen to on a cross-country drive, and to curl up …

Books

Take Your Poet to Work Day: Rosalía de Castro

Summer is one of the happiest seasons at Tweetspeak Poetry, because it is the season of Take Your Poet to Work Day (or, you know, to the beach). It’s …

Literature

Writer Friends: Luci, Madeleine, and a Lean Leather Jacket

Looking for a little inspiration for your writing or your life? Let author and poet Luci Shaw—longtime friend of Madeleine L'Engle—lead the way, from …

Leather Jackets

What's Your Favorite Book?

What do you think when you’re asked, “What’s your favorite book?”<p>My answer: I haven’t read it yet. I’m still looking.<p>Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read …

Writing

Fear is a Luxury You Can’t Afford: Just Make Art

How do you learn to trust yourself? How do you deal with self-doubt?Recently, I had a spell of fear and loathing. I’d had to say no to three writing …

Self-confidence

Take Your Poet to Work Day: Jorge Luis Borges

Summer is one of the happiest seasons at Tweetspeak Poetry, because it is the season of Take Your Poet to Work Day (or, you know, to the beach). It’s …

Literature

Secrets of "The Golden Dress": Interview With Illustrator Gail Nadeau

There is home video of my mom and me from a few days before I gave birth to my son. We’re laughing about how one day we’ll look back on the video and …

Infographic: How to Write a Tanka

Last month, we spent time writing tanka poems, a form that originated in 7th century Japan and in many ways served as social poetry, with individuals …

Infographics

It's Poem on Your Pillow Day!

There’s an old joke, often credited to Bob Hope, that goes something like, “I just flew in from National Poetry Month, and boy, are my arms tired.” …

Birthdays & Birthstones Poetry Prompt—The Tempest as Fairy Tale

In the first act of <i>The Tempest</i>, Prospero tells his daughter Miranda that she is a princess and he is the Duke of Milan.<i>Prospero: Twelve year since,</i> …

Top "Tax Day" Haiku Poems

You may have noticed the title doesn’t say Top <b>10</b> Tax Day Haiku Poems, as we normally would do. This is because we are trying to avoid detection under …

“The Old Curiosity Shop:” Charles Dickens and a Road Trip!

Perhaps the first thing you notice when you read The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens is how little of it has to do with an old curiosity shop. …

Birthdays & Birthstones Poetry Prompt: Celebration

How do you celebrate your birthday?Is it something you look forward to each year, counting the days and making special plans? Do you return to the …

The Color of Your Creativity

<i>Chartreuse. The color of your creativity.</i>That phrase pinged around my head this morning. I wrote it on an index card, attributed it to L.L. Barkat, …

The Children’s Storybook Garden (Arlington, Washington)

Located in Arlington, Washington, the Children’s Storybook Garden’s mission is “to enrich the mind and spirit of children through the exploration of …

Birthdays & Birthstones Poetry Prompt: Hidden Riches

Mount Angel Abbey, a Trappist monastery in the Benedictine tradition, stands on a windy hilltop in the Willamette Valley. The basement of the Abbey …

Commit Poetry: Romeo and Juliet

Here we go again. I swear—I can’t seem to resist a good dare, especially during National Poetry Month and Tweetspeak’s “Year of Shakespeare.” This …

Poets and Poems: Karen Paul Holmes and “No Such Thing as Distance”

Imagine a man whose country is taken over—and he’s forced to change his name so that it sounds like one belonging to the new political power. Imagine …

Top 10 Totally Fun Teaching Ideas for National Poetry Month

You’ve got the whole month of April to celebrate National Poetry Month. We’ve got the poets for you to make it the most fun thirty days ever.Sure, …

Birthdays & Birthstones Poetry Prompt: A Rossetti List Poem

Last week marked the first annual Take Your Poet to School Week! At our homeschool co-op, we celebrated by cutting and coloring Christina Rossetti …

Take Your Poet to School Week—National Poetry Month!

For the past several years, we’ve provided cut ‘n color poets for grown-ups, to take to work in July. Sometimes, kids borrowed them. And, over time, …

Literature

The Poetry of Friendship, with Pickles on the Side

I should have served a pickle.The thought came during one of my favorite parts of having guests — basking in the left-behind warmth while cleaning up …

Take Your Poet to School Week: Mother Goose

Take Your Poet to Work Day is one of the happiest days of the year. It is marked by only the tiny sadness that it takes place in the summer. Teachers …

Take Your Poet to School Week: Ogden Nash

Take Your Poet to Work Day is one of the happiest days of the year. It is marked by only the tiny sadness that it takes place in the summer. Teachers …

30 Days, 30 Poems Challenge—For National Poetry Month!

This National Poetry Month, join the Tweetspeak Community in the 30 Days, 30 Poems Challenge!<p>With three ways to take the 30 Days Challenge, it’s …

Take Your Poet to School: Robert Louis Stevenson

Take Your Poet to Work Day is one of the happiest days of the year. It is marked by only the tiny sadness that it takes place in the summer. Teachers …