L.L. Barkat

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The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: “Olio” by Tyehimba Jess

The first thing you notice about Olio by Tyehimba Jess, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, is that it looks like no book of poetry you …

Poetry

Life Notes: Figuring

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

The James Laughlin Award: Mary Hickman and “Rayfish”

Rayfish by poet Mary Hickman received the 2016 James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, given to recognize an outstanding second …

Poetry

The Walt Whitman Award: “Afterland” by Mai Der Vang

Poet Mai Der Vang was born and grew up in Fresno, California. As she describes in the Spring / Summer issue of <i>American Poets Magazine</i>, she was about …

Poetry

Wall Poems: Poetry Prompt

The quaint university town of Leiden, Netherlands is home to over 100 wall poems. Walk throughout the town center and you will see poems lovingly …

How To Dress Like a Reading Diva—And Read 'The Sleepy Little Alphabet'

“Mrs. Feyen, you’re wearing the same thing you wore the last time we saw you!”<p>The observation comes from a little girl who’s sitting cross-legged on …

Committing Prufrock: 10 Reasons to Say Yes to Memorizing Poetry

It remains a mystery why Tweetspeak Poetry chose Prufrock for me to memorize. If they didn’t feel like I was done with Thomas E, or he with me, and …

Poetry

Reading in the Wild: April's Pages

If you’ve spent any time at all at Tweetspeak, you know we think books matter. We read them with you about once a month, we review them, and The …

Books

Book Club Announcement: Last Child in the Woods

I was, once, the last child in the woods. Literally. I’d managed to separate myself from the rest of my class on a 3rd-grade field trip to the local …

Nature

Tea Quest: Tupelo Honey Tea Loft, Millvale, Pa.

I thought I was going to the Tupelo Honey Teas Cafe for a quick and tasty lunch. Turns out I was just in time for a release party.<p>It wasn’t a book …

Food

Poetry and World War I: It Wasn’t Only England

It’s an automatic association in my mind. When I think of World War I, I think first of poetry. No war is as closely connected to poetry as “the war …

Poetry

The Veil: Poetry Prompt

In his sonnet “Lift Not the Painted Veil…”, Percy Bysshe Shelley examines life as no more than an illusion. He believes most people are content …

Top 10 Questions to Test Your Stolen Child Memory—Fun Quiz!

photo by dominic alves Click to Flip<p>photo by dominic alves<p>In the lake. Hey, this is a fantastical poem. If the child follows the faerys, he'll be …

Poetry

Thank You Notes: Toys

<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. …

Etymology

10 Surprising Ways to Help a Child Learn to Read

In 1999, when my sons were in kindergarten and first grade, their principal dared his students to read one thousand books. Maybe it was ten thousand. …

Kids

Poets and Poems: Barbara Crooker and “Les Fauves”

It had been 30 years since we had been in London. One site on my “must-see” list was the Tate Modern, that monumental museum dedicated to modern and …

Poetry

Reckless in the Library With Sight Word Baseball

It happens to me every year—and every year, in some form or another, I give in to it. The recklessness of spring.<p>In high school, I ditched classes …

Tea Quest: Green Tea at Arnold's Tea House, Pittsburgh, Pa.

The week I moved to Pittsburgh, a friend sent me on a mission to find a good cup of green tea. She was evangelizing on the merits of green tea, sure. …

The Wild Swans: The Patience of Water

It is risky, one could say, to take counsel from a fairie queen. But then again, when a girl has been enchanted right out of her father’s arms — and …

Poets and Poems: Dave Malone and “You Know the Ones”

That kid in seventh grade who went overnight from scrawny and skinny to muscled jock claiming he had to shave twice a day. The girl in the pink …

Family Limericks: Poetry Prompt

Within every family are a few eccentrics. Whether they are oddballs, lovable curmudgeons, or total crackpots, they’re yours. But, if you can run …

Trident is the Top-Ranked Agency: Meet Its No. 1 Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb – Part 2

On Tuesday, Trident Media Group literary agent Mark Gottlieb discussed what a work day is like for him, a recent project (Tropic of Kansas by …

5 Ways to Jazz it With Jewels (and Roses) for National Poetry Month

Why should National Poetry Month be oh-so-predictable? It’s time to add a little shine to April. Here are just 5 sparkling ways:<p><b>1. Jazz it with Jewels</b><p>…

Trident Is the Top-Ranked Agency: Meet Its No. 1 Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb – Part 1

Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent with Trident Media Group in New York. We recently had the opportunity to talk with him about publishing, …

A Basket of Favorite Thank You Notes

Each month, we slip a few poetic thank you notes to unlikely recipients: potatoes, evergreens, candles, ice. Some of those notes are simply poetic …

How to Write a Limerick Infographic

The limerick’s an interesting form<br>They say that <i>offense</i> is really the norm<br>If some feathers aren’t ruffled<br>Or you’ve begun no kerfuffle<br>Your poem is sure …

Poetry

National Poetry Month Dare: Commit 'The Stolen Child' by W. B. Yeats

In 1896, <i>Irish Monthly</i> published William Yeats’ “The Stolen Child,” a poem which, along with Yeats’ books <i>Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry</i> …

Art and Poetry: “A Wider Landscape” by Donald Wilkinson

I found the artist Donald Wilkinson because I was looking for information on poet Jacob Polley. And finding Wilkinson was like finding William …

Poetry Prompt: The Laughable Limerick

Arguably, there isn’t a poetry form more fun than the Limerick. It makes us laugh and blush, and its jaunty rhythm with rigid structure makes it …

Life Notes: Greensleeves, Green Tea, and a Circlet

<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 …