L.L. Barkat

2 Magazines | 721 Articles | 1,455 Followers | @llbarkat | Author. Poetry lover. Promoter of people, beauty, and fun.

The Poetry of Apple, Inc.: Prompt

<b>In the Beginning</b><p>Three friends—Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne—started it all by hanging out in Jobs’s parents’ garage. For some, this is …

Steve Jobs

Writing Coach Podcast Series - Start with Three Sentences

Don’t underestimate the power of the first three sentences to get a project in motion. Once you write three sentences, the piece has begun, ever so …

Podcasting

Take Your Poet to Work Day: Poets Just Want to Have Pun

There are few things we take as seriously around here as fun.<p>This is not to say we don’t know how to be serious, when it is time to be. Nor that we …

Seamus Heaney

Take Your Poet to Work Day: On Location

It’s Take Your Poet to Work Day!<p>It’s a great day to let Adrienne Rich take a few calls. Bring Rumi with you for some banter at the water cooler. …

Maya Angelou

Poets and Poems: Tina Barry and "Mall Flower"

In Mall Flower, poet and writer Tina Barry mixes poems and short fiction to record a life—childhood, youth, and adulthood. This artful combination of …

Literature

Rivers and Lakes Poetry Prompt: Be a Lake Poet

Considered part of the Romantic Movement, the Lake Poets were a group of English poets who lived in the Lake District of Cumberland and Cumbria, UK, …

Creative Writing

How to Write a College Application Essay: Some Final Thoughts

I’ve invited you to work hard on a process that, in many ways, will seem like one of the most important tasks of your life.<p>It is.<p>And, also, it …

College & University

Take Your Poet to Work Day is Coming: Here's Our 2016 Free Coloring Book!

In just a few short days, crayons, popsicle sticks and poets will come together to celebrate the best day of the year in workplaces around the</b> …

Poetry

Take Your Poet to Work: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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 …

Poetry

British Poetry, British Poets, and Brexit

Can you imagine NBC or Fox holding a vote on America’s favorite poets? The British, however, take their poetry seriously and news coverage of Brexit …

John Keats

The Joyful Partnership of Poetry & Memoir—Workshop!

Explore the partnership of poetry & memoir, in this special writing workshop with author Megan Willome.<p><b>Begins August 29, 2016. Limit 10 participants.</b> …

Books

Writing Coach Podcast Series – Fill the Gap

Writers become writers because they read something that makes them want to pick up a pen or open a laptop and do the same thing. They want to compose …

Writing

How to Write a Poem in the Classroom: Joel Jacobson

<i>Editor’s Note:</i><p>We’ve offered to publish your How to Write a Poem stories. Today’s story is from teacher Joel Jacobson. As part of the feature, we’ve …

Teaching

Take Your Poet to Work: Judith Wright

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 …

Poetry

Canada’s 2016 Griffin Prize: Norman Dubie and Liz Howard

Canada’s Griffin Prize was created in 2000 to encourage excellence in poetry. It’s awarded to “first edition books of poetry written in, or …

Canadian Culture

Rivers and Lakes: Poetry Prompt

The Laurentian Great Lakes (more popularly known as the Great Lakes) were formed around 14,000 years ago at the end of the last glacial period. …

Writing

Independence Poems - Tweetspeak Poetry - New York, USA

Where I live, explosive fireworks (beyond those of the sparkler variety) are legal. Partly, I think, because it’s a place where folks don’t look …

Writing

How to Write a College Application Essay: Revising, Editing, and Proofreading

Congratulations! You’ve written the first draft of your college application essay. While you still have work ahead of you, the most mentally taxing …

Editing

Take Your Poet to Work: Emily Brontë

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 …

Emily Dickinson

Profile of Photographer Pai-Shih

If you’ve been a part of the Tweetspeak community for long, you’ve likely seen some of the beautiful photographs of Pai-Shih, an amateur photographer …

Photographers

Understanding the Life and Art of William Blake

British writer, historian, biographer and novelist Peter Ackroyd, and Harvard professor Leo Damrosch, have both written studies of the poet and …

William Blake

Poetry Prompt: Your heart (and Rondeau) On Your Sleeve

Most things fall in and out of fashion—and so it went for the rondeau. After its popularity waned in the early 16th century, there wasn’t a …

Writing

2015-2016 National Student Poets Share Their Passion for Poetry

Five high school students continue their year of service as National Student Poets that began with their October 2015 induction into the National …

Poetry

Rentrement of Compulsion: How to Write a Rondeau Infographic

Perhaps one day you, too, will be compelled (yea!) to write a rondeau poem. But what if your knowledge of the rondeau form starts (and stops) at the …

Remembrance Day

Take Your Poet to Work: Seamus Heaney

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 …

Seamus Heaney

In Search of William Blake

It started at the British Library in London. In the library’s shop, likely my favorite shop of any institution in the city, I saw a pile of small (4 …

William Blake

Poetry Prompt: The Thoroughly Modern Rondeau

Thematically, the rondeau was a melancholy song which dealt with courtship woes, the changing of seasons, spiritual worship, and any other kind of …

How to Write a College Application Essay: Starting to Write

You’ve organized your college application essay questions, started brainstorming, and come up with a list of possibilities. As you review your list, …

Top 10 Garden Poems

I am, as I write, eating a strawberry, just the slightest bit tart, that I plucked from my garden this afternoon. Or, one could say I plucked it from …

Take Your Poet to Work: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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 …