L.L. Barkat

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Tea Time: Writing Our Leaves and Our Lives Workshop

Explore the tasty partnership of tea, story, poetry and writing—in this special writing workshop with author Megan Willome.<p><b>Begins February 6, 2017.</b> …

Writing

Thank You Notes: Evergreens

<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 to Keep Poetry Alive: Use The Growth Model

<b>Is poetry dead?</b><p>Though we are tempted, let’s not tire of the question. Because, sometimes a question that keeps arising is simply another question in …

Poetry

Poetic Asides: Norman Nicholson and Frank Stanford

One of the things I’ve learned from writing here at Tweetspeak Poetry is that, when it comes to poetry, the articles you write have a way of …

Poetry

Geography Love Poetry Prompt: Yellowstone National Park

It became the world’s first national park. The drama of our natural world unfolds before the nation’s eyes. Its volcanic power rises up in mudpots, …

Poetry

From Author to Publisher: L.L. Barkat's Thoughts Are for You

Four years ago, blogger Michael R. Carter interviewed author L.L. Barkat. The angle was books and background, from the personal to the professional. …

Authors

Persecuted Poets: Hearing the Voices Beyond Our Borders

<i>I see a way in the darkness.<br>I am a lantern.</i><p>—Illuminations by Sohrab Sepehri (Iran)<p>America has long defended its hard-won and cherished right to …

Poetry

2017 Poetry at Work Day Poster

One of the best parts about the start of a new year is the annual celebration of Poetry at Work Day. And with that celebration comes the release of …

A Window into Poetry and Change with Jane Hirshfield

Poetry, the poet and essayist Jane Hirshfield reminds us, was born in need. “We read or write poems because we need them,” she writes in Ten Windows: …

Poetry

Book Club Announcement: The Art of Stillness

Early one morning a couple of weeks ago, I had my reasons for listening to Leonard Cohen sing so long to his Marianne. Little did I know that just …

TED Talks

Eating & Drinking Poems: Savoring Succotash

I have a friend whose favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. She hosts a feast for family and friends, and cooks the meat; guests provide everything else. …

Food

Forward Prize for Best First Collection: “Wife” by Tiphanie Yanique

The poetry of Forward Prize winner Tiphanie Yanique may redefine words like “arresting,” “jarring,” and “mind-altering.”<p>Yanique’s Wife won the …

Poetry

Milk and Butter Poetry Prompt: Life With Milk

In many cultural traditions, milk is a powerful symbol. It represents fertility, abundance, and eternal life. It was considered the food of the gods. …

Poetry

Thank You Notes: Potatoes, Parsnips, and Other Root Vegetables

<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

Poetry Dare: How to Commit Prufrock

After Tweetspeak pinned me down to memorize “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (all of it) and after I stopped hyperventilating, I decided to take …

Poetry

Regional Tour: High Tea at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

Peace, they say, begins between two people. If tea is included, so much the better.In 1931, two nations sharing the world’s longest undefended border …

Travel

Forward Prize: “Measures of Expatriation” by Vahni Capildeo

Forward Prize winner Vahni Capildeo has given me a new way of thinking about poetry.<p>The Forward Prizes in Poetry are given annually by the Forward …

Poetry Prompt: Small Kindnesses

There are 6,987,000,000 people in this world and with each person, an opportunity to extend small kindnesses.<p><b>Kindness</b><p>Before you know what kindness …

Poetry

The Healing Power of Poetry and Art

At the end of the tour of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., I sat in a theater space watching interviews with Holocaust survivors. Each story …

Memoir Notebook: A Courtyard in Queens

Pressing my cheek against her yellow slicker, I settled into the firm circle of her arms. “Ready?” she asked. “Ready!” I shouted. Rain poured around …

Poetry

Poetry Prompt: Life With Butter

The faithful ally of the culinary arts and a delight to the taste buds of humankind, butter symbolizes good living. Historically, ancient …

Poetry

William Wordsworth: “The Prelude” and the Poetry of Revision

William Wordsworth’s long autobiographical poem The Prelude was written and developed over a period of 50 years. The final version was published when …

Poetry

Life Notes: What's Your Happiest Moment?

<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 …

Committing Prufrock: A New Poetry Dare

<i>“ . . . committing a poem is a form of self love, like buying yourself a gift, only better. And no one can take it away from you.”</i> — Julia Spicher …

The Alchemy of Song

If you want to know something about me, just ask.<p>If you want to know <i>me</i>, ask me to sing.<p>Singing opens my heart; sharing a song makes me feel whole, …

William Wordsworth and the Language of the Common Man

I had studied some of the poems of William Wordsworth poems in high school, but it wasn’t until my English literature courses in college that I …

Monster II: Halloween Prompt

Halloween is the perfect time to explore a little bit of the monster in all of us. Poetry using monsters has been an important part of the literary …

Poetry

Why Read a Poem at a Time Like This?

<b>The Purposes of Poetry:</b><p>To find a way of putting what can’t be said<p>To startle us into seeing<p>To train words to dance<p>To rescue worthy words from slow …

How to Write an Acrostic Poem Infographic

I confess, I did not eat a lot of alphabet soup as a kid. But I did eat my fair share of Alpha Bits cereal, which is nearly the same thing, not …

Writing with Matisse in Mind

Live with an artist long enough, and he’s likely to find his way into your writing.<p>In my case, the artist in question is the Post-Impressionist Henri …

Poetry