L.L. Barkat

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The Family Table: Poetry Prompt

The family table is, for many, the heartbeat of the home. The ritual of setting the table offers a small piece of real estate for each person. This …

The Wild 100 Summer Book Challenge

“What if you just did it your own way? No rules, no right or wrong, just what you think is beautiful?”<p>I copied these words from Sandra Magsamenon …

The Grandfather Stories: Goldilocks and the Three Brothers

Once upon a time, three brothers lived happily in a snug little house in the forest. There was a big brother, a medium-sized brother, and a baby …

Kids

Fun Reading Activities: Color & Trace "A Buffalo and Joe"

Now, you can help a child learn to read with the young chickens Molly and Joe—two wide-eyed early readers who are full of curiosity, mischief, and …

Kids

Life Notes: The Secret to a Happy Marriage is Not What I Thought It Was

<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 …

Regional Tour: Borrowed Time at the Maui Ocean Center

We don’t yet know we’re on borrowed time. On the last day of vacation, at Maui Ocean Center, Hawaii’s top-rated Aquarium, shafts of sunlight stripe …

Oceans

Poets and Poems: Mischa Willett and “Phases”

In his new collection Phases, poet Mischa Willett reaches back to the distant past of classical antiquity and the recent past of old girlfriends and …

Poetry

Fatherhood: Family Ties Poetry Prompt

I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by the little …

How to Read a Picture Book—With a Pirate as Your Guide

This is not a story about a nice man. This is a story about a greedy, scruffy, fearless pirate named Boris von der Borch. This is Tough …

Kids

Applying to College in the Fall? Do These 7 Things this Summer

Finally, you’re a senior! Time for fun, friends, memories. . .and applying to college.A number of application deadlines hit in early November, …

Students

Tea Quest: Silver Tips Tea Room, Tarrytown, New York

The Hudson River is astonishingly wide at Tarrytown.<p>You might not cross the Tappan Zee Bridge to get to Silver Tips Tea Room in Tarrytown. You might …

The Surprise of "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist is one of the best known works of Charles Dickens, mostly thanks to the movie adaptation Oliver! (1968). I had never read it until last …

Literature

Birth Order: Family Ties Poetry Prompt

Psychologist Alfred Adler (1870-1937) thought he could help his patients more effectively if he understood them within the social context of their …

Poetry

Reading in the Wild: May's Pages

At Tweetspeak, books matter. We host a book club, we review books, and we publish them at TS Poetry Press. We’re dedicated to literacy—for life. And …

Books

Literacy Conversations: When a Robber Steals the Show

“Can you be brave and afraid, articulate and sad, respectful and angry at the same time?”<p>In Teach It: Mixed Emotions in Civil Rights, educator Callie …

Parenting

Last Child in the Woods: Place-Based Education

When I walk to the post office, I often cut through the elementary school playground which is not far from my house. Once school is out, a small …

Education

A Small Volume of Essays, A Larger World of Poetry

In 1916, Oxford University Press published English Critical Essays: Nineteenth Century, selected and edited by Edmund David Jones. It was volume 206 …

Poetry

Mending Wall: Poetry Prompt

Of his poem “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost acknowledged, “People are frequently misunderstanding it or misinterpreting it.”“The secret of what it …

Poetry

Thank You Notes: Teachers

<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. …

Last Child in the Woods: Afraid of the Great Outdoors

When one of my kids was around four years old, I was summoned to his room. With just the right amount of panic for a young child whose play space had …

Top 10 Dip Into Poetry Lines

We enjoy a daily sharing over Every Day Poems on Twitter, inviting you to take a dip into poetry with us. Perhaps for you, the poem could be a pool. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …