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The Writing Life: The Writer's Delusion and Telling it Slant

My writing desk overlooks our fenced-in backyard where red squirrels chase each other in death-defying scamps along the edge of our privacy fence and …


Castle Conversations: Arianna Huffington at Manhattanville College

“It starts like a threeeler!” says Arianna, trilling the “th” and turning the word thriller into something exotic, with her signature Greek accent—an …

Arianna Huffington

The Best in Poetry: This Month's Top Ten Poetic Picks

The best in poetry (and poetic things)

1 Art

Do you fiddle with photography? Try your hand with Instagram? Ever wonder how that other Instagrammer …


Poetry Prompt: Wind, What's Your Name?

Austru is the cold winter wind from the east and calls Romania home. Zephyros, is the Greek god and gentle wash of spring air who visits from the …


A More Beautiful Question: What If You Sleep On It?

The nature of my work is such that I spend a good deal of time on the road. Not just traveling, say to spend a few days at a conference or in …


Romeo and Juliet: Surprise, Shakespeare Favored The Girl

In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, while it may seem unlikely because of the historical time, Shakespeare is most sympathetic to a young woman …


Poets and Poems: The Great Indian Poetry Project

Quick question: what do you know about poetry and poets from India?

My own quick answer: Not much. My reading and understanding of poetry is generally …


Top 10 'Dip Into Poetry' Lines

We began 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. …


A More Beautiful Question: Thinking in Questions

When I was small–whatever age it was that afforded me the luxury of riding around in the back seat with no more obligation but to look out the …


Poets and Poems: Claudia Rankine and “Citizen”

The fifth nominated work for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. It is as different …


Photo Play: Air, Breath, Wind

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” —Sylvia Plath, The Bell JarPausing a moment during the day to slow …


Owning Poems: How a Rose Made Me Like Paul Newman

Nothing helps build appreciation like ownership. My daughters had to save up for their own Six Flags passes to truly understand their value. I had to …


How to Write a Story: Choosing Point of View

And now for points of view.

(Yes, you could call this an in medias res opening, if you like.)

First person

First person is when characters tell the …


Top Ten National Poetry Month Books and Tools!

We have a fun surprise coming for you, for National Poetry Month in April. Promise. While you wait for the unveiling, you might want to get some …


Poetry in Public: The Poet as 'Unacknowledged Legislator'

A few years ago when my friend Peggy passed away, her daughter asked me to read a short essay I had written.. Her mom had liked it, and the family …


Read for Fun—It’s Time to Put the Love Back In

I clearly remember my first year out of college—that is, in relation to books. I’d become an English major quite late (can you say, last semester?) …

Education Systems

Poets and Poems: Willie Perdomo and Saeed Jones

The five finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry are, on the face of it, an eclectic group of poetry collections. And perhaps …


Air, Breath, Wind Playlist & Prompt

From In the Air Tonight to Just Breathe, this month’s playlist is an easy, breezy assortment of classic songs and new-found favorites. Let the wind …


The Poet is In: Ask Us Anything About Poetry

In a recent survey for Tweetspeak Poetry (please take our main survey if you haven’t yet; we’re listening), one reader suggested we create a place …


Twitter Poems: Top Ten Poetic Tweets

We spend a lot of time on Twitter. (We’re Tweetspeak Poetry, after all.) In fact, we figure we read thousands of tweets every month. One of the …


Poets & Writers Toolkit: 5 Invaluable Word Tools

So you’re in the mood to write a poem. Feeling contented and inspired, you sit down next to the window and start to write out your thoughts, only to …

Creative Writing

Poets and Poems: Christian Wiman and “Once in the West”

Christian Wiman is an essayist, translator, and poet. For ten years (2003-2013), he was the editor of Poetry Magazine. He’s published four …


Poetry Prompt: Imaginary & Fantastical Creatures

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”Jabberwocky is the …


10 Spring Books to Help Kiss Winter Goodbye

It was one degree outside my door the other day—as in, thirty-one degrees below the freezing point. An unusually hard winter, again.If it weren’t for …


Top Ten Fairy Tale Poems

Fairy tales are not just the thing of fairy tales. Sometimes they are the thing of real life. Many, if you asked, could tell their own tales of a …


Book Club: A More Beautiful Question

As an insurance adjuster, I ask questions for a living. There’s some irony in that if you know that I also bypassed a career in journalism in part …

George Costanza

Poets and Poems: Jake Adam York and “Abide”

Poet and author Jake Adam York had published three collections of poetry when he died of a stroke in 2012 at age 40. He had a profound interest in …


Photo Play 2: Fairy Tale and Fantasy

Within the magical pages of a book is an invitation to shake off our sensibilities, clap our hands and shout that Yes! We believe in fairies! Perhaps …


Memoir Notebook: Writing the Fragile

I was ten, maybe, visiting my friend Becky, who lived on a farm down the street where they raised cows, pigs, and ducks. She and I spotted a lone …


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