L.L. Barkat

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Thank You Notes: Ice

<i>Thank You Notes</i> is a monthly prompt that focuses on expressing our thanks to a particular person, place, or thing—in poems, paragraphs, or pictures. …

How My 5th-Grade Reading Challenge Opened Doors

Partway through fifth grade, I changed schools for the fourth time. Since my family moved in October, my classmates had long settled into their seat …

Education

Gordian Knot: Poetry Prompt

<i>Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.”</i><p>Attributed to Alexander the Great, the Gordian …

Poets and Poems: Kathryn Nuernberger and “The End of Pink”

Last year, The End of Pink by Kathryn Nuernberger won the prestigious James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, given for a …

Poetry

Teach It: Mixed Emotions in Civil Rights

Doing math happened like this: My dad and I sat together at the dining room table. He had two or three mechanical pencils; a thick, white eraser; and …

Civil Rights

The Writing Life: Paterson's Blank Page

“Are you a poet?” a Japanese tourist asks the young man named Paterson near the end of the film by the same name.<p>“No, I’m not a poet,” Paterson …

Poetry

Committing Prufrock: 6 Great Ways to Memorize a Poem

I didn’t take much time to wonder, “Do I dare, and do I dare” when the editor suggested I memorize The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.<p>The whole poem.<p>…

Poetry

St. Valentine’s Day: A Girl, a Priest, and a Letter

He laid down his quill and took a deep breath.<p>He had been there for weeks, and it was easy to lose track of time. He sat on the floor of his cell …

Poetry

Animate: Thread Poetry Prompt

<i>Animate</i> is a poetry prompt that focuses on speaking as if we are a particular object. This time, we’re speaking as a <b>thread.</b><p>Prompt Guidelines and …

Poetry

Make It: Poetry Hearts at the Table

I bought milk in a glass jug—a charming, thick jug with no label except for the cap. The jug brought a a comforting heftiness I felt when carrying it …

Poetry

Top 10 Ship, Sail & Boat Poems

The sea, it could be supposed, is made for poetry (or the other way around). The rhythm of waves lapping at the shore, of a boat rocking to and fro. …

Poetry

Book Club Announcement: Curious

<i>Tell me . . .</i> <i><br>Tell me whether . . .</i> <i><br>Tell me how things are . . .</i> <i><br>— Leonardo da Vinci</i><p>They say that curiosity killed the cat.<p>When they say that, though, …

Creativity

Love Knot: Poetry Prompt

Try It: Love Knot Poetry<p>Consider the braid Bess created and its symbolic gesture. If you were to make your own love knot, what would it look like? …

Poetry

Life Notes: Tea is Necessary

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> Remember the good old days of blogging? We do. Quite a few writers and editors who have passed through <i>Tweetspeak’s</i> doors (or are still …

Productivity

Eating and Drinking Poems: Barbara Crooker’s “Ode to Olive Oil”

I choose olive oil the way I choose wine: by the attractiveness and intrigue of the label.Currently I’m cooking with Terra Delyssa, a Tunisian extra …

Italian Food

Interview with an English Teacher, Pt 2: The Heroic in Literature

From 1969 to 2012, high school Latin and English teacher Diane Flint taught everything from 7-12th grade English; Latin I, II, III; Myths, Legends, …

Books

Dark Times Filled with Light: The Art of Poetry

If a person were not paying attention, it might be easy to get the idea that Juan Gelman doesn’t think much of poetry, or of the power of words.<p>Were …

Poets & Writers Toolkit: 10 Must-Know Website Tips & Tricks for Writers

As a web designer, I follow a lot of designers and developers on social media. I’m always closely attuned to new trends and tools to help designers …

Poetry at Work Day (Take 2)

Last week we celebrated Poetry at Work Day and shared some of the fun. Little did we know that folks would be celebrating all throughout the week, …

Poetry

Dark Times Filled with Light: Things They Don't Know

Perspective is everything, some folks will tell you.<p>Depending on your perspective, they might be right.<p>I was under the impression in 1985 that I had …

“David Copperfield”: Why Charles Dickens Has Endured

In high school, I studied three assigned novels by Charles Dickens (1812-1870). In ninth grade, our English class read Great Expectations. In tenth …

Expanding Horizons: Poetry Prompt

The idiom, “Expanding Horizons” means to gain experiences, and to learn about different cultures and ways of living. Have you mentioned in …

Poetry

Facing Ordeals, Learning Personal Qualities: How Odysseus’s Adventures Served Him Well

In Homer’s <i>The Odyssey</i>, the main character Odysseus goes on a long journey away from his home city of Ithaca. He is gone for so many years that in his …

Fill in the Blank Verse for Poetry at Work Day

Yesterday was Poetry at Work Day, a space in the calendar when we encourage folks around the globe to reflect on the poetry in their workplace. …

Regional Tour: Marie Webster Quilts at Indianapolis Museum of Art

Recently, my mom passed along her sewing machine to me. Her aging eyes make even threading a needle hard these days, but my eyes can still see the …

Art

It's Poetry at Work Day 2017! Join with Us to Celebrate!

It’s Poetry at Work Day 2017.<p>And I have a confession.<p>This is now the fifth year that Tweetspeak Poetry has sponsored Poetry at Work Day. I’ve written …

Defining the Horizon: Poetry Prompt

There are many verses and poems attributed to the symbol of a horizon. In her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston uses horizon …

Thank You Notes: Candles

<i>Thank You Notes</i> is a monthly prompt that focuses on expressing our thanks to a particular person, place, or thing—in poems, paragraphs, or pictures. …

Eating and Drinking Poems: Storytelling and Luci Shaw's "Eating the Whole Egg"

Any family story has multiple versions: what I remember, what you remember, what really happened.<p>There’s the film in the minds of those who were …

Book Club Announcement: Dark Times Filled with Light, by Juan Gelman

There’s a ridiculous story I sometimes tell about pursuing a degree in political science because of its unique power to render me unemployable. But …