L.L. Barkat

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Poets and Poems: Bernard O’Donoghue and “The Seasons of Cullen Church”

I hadn’t read the poetry of Bernard O’Donoghue before his most recent collection, The Seasons of Cullen Church. And yet, reading these poems, it …

Things Invisible Poetry Prompt: Our Ghosts

At times, we’re visited by things whose paths were once invisible to us. Soft, hazy ghosts we tend to dismiss or ignore. Yet, there are days when …

Poetry

Thank You Notes: Books

<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. …

Poetry for Life Scholarship Winner: Teja Dupree, of Johns Hopkins University

In the past few years, we created the Poetry for Life Scholarship, which is open to applicants of any college major or intended major. It’s just one …

Poetry

Committing Prufrock: Poetry Memorization Tips & Memories

Besides dates and places and spelling words, I memorized the <i>Gettysburg Address</i> and bits of Shakespeare in high school. I don’t remember how I did it. …

Poetry

Poets and Poems: Kate Tempest and “Let Them Eat Chaos”

Let Them Eat Chaos by British poet Kate Tempest includes a note at the beginning: “This poem was written to be read aloud.” And you think, “Well, …

Poetry

“Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey” by Frances Wilson

He was physically small, just under five feet tall. He was constantly in debt, hounded by his creditors, often shuttling between his family and an …

Literature

Poets and Writers Toolkit: Play-Doh Creative Nonfiction

Let’s say you’re writing creative nonfiction, and let’s say it’s going pretty well. Your fingers hurt from gripping the pen, and you can’t get the …

Creativity

Book Club Announcement: The Wild Swans

Once upon a time, in a dark basement office that is not so gloomy as one might think, a writer read a fairy tale that changed the writer’s life.<p>Okay, …

RPGs

“Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge” by Malcolm Guite

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was first published in 1798 with other Coleridge poems and poems by William …

Poetry

Form It: Things Invisible Poetry Prompt

<i>Form It</i> is a prompt that focuses on exploring our topic through form poetry. This time, we’re going to “form” <b>things invisible.</b><p>Prompt Guidelines and …

Poetry

Curious Book Club: 7 Ways to Stay Curious

The work I do as a claims adjuster requires that I am a generalist. While not specializing in any of these things, I am expected to know more than …

Creativity

Romeo and Juliet: Kissing a Fair Dragon in His Cave

My first kiss happened at my best friend’s house. It was a Saturday night in April. I was fifteen.<p>Before the kiss happened, I was watching Eddie …

Romeo and Juliet

Poets and Poems: Angela Alaimo O’Donnell and “Still Pilgrim”

Still Pilgrim by poet Angela Alaimo O’Donnell unintentionally poses a question from the outset, and that question is the title, specifically the word …

Poetry

“The Children of Hurin” and “The Lay of Aotrou & Itroun” by J.R.R. Tolkien

Imagine a young man of 20 or so, caught up in the trench warfare of World War I, experiencing the daily reality of mud, rats, lice, and bombardment, …

Literature

Emotional Literacy in the Preschool Classroom

<i>Editor’s Note: Literacy is a term we use to describe a person’s ability to read, comprehend, and express themselves through the written word. There</i> …

Parenting

Curious Book Club: The Curiosity Divide

It is probably true that at one time I’d have gotten along swimmingly with St. Augustine. In <i>Confessions,</i> Augustine maintained that among the major …

American Philosophy

T.S. Eliot Prize: “Jackself” by Jacob Polley

It was a packed house at the Southbank Centre Royal Festival Hall in London on Jan. 16. Ten poets were reading from their works, all nominated for …

Poetry

Hanging by a Thread: Poetry Prompt

The phrase “hanging by a thread” usually denotes that a situation is perilously close to disaster, or may change in an instant. The saying is …

Poetry

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 …

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 …

Poetry

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 …

Education

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 …

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 …

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. …