L.L. Barkat

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Poetry at Work Day (Take 2)

Last week we celebrated Poetry at Work Day and shared some of the fun. Little did we know that folks would be celebrating all throughout the week, …

Poetry

Dark Times Filled with Light: Things They Don't Know

Perspective is everything, some folks will tell you.<p>Depending on your perspective, they might be right.<p>I was under the impression in 1985 that I had …

Mind

“David Copperfield”: Why Charles Dickens Has Endured

In high school, I studied three assigned novels by Charles Dickens (1812-1870). In ninth grade, our English class read Great Expectations. In tenth …

Books

Expanding Horizons: Poetry Prompt

The idiom, “Expanding Horizons” means to gain experiences, and to learn about different cultures and ways of living. Have you mentioned in …

Poetry

Facing Ordeals, Learning Personal Qualities: How Odysseus’s Adventures Served Him Well

In Homer’s <i>The Odyssey</i>, the main character Odysseus goes on a long journey away from his home city of Ithaca. He is gone for so many years that in his …

Mythology

Fill in the Blank Verse for Poetry at Work Day

Yesterday was Poetry at Work Day, a space in the calendar when we encourage folks around the globe to reflect on the poetry in their workplace. …

Poetry

Regional Tour: Marie Webster Quilts at Indianapolis Museum of Art

Recently, my mom passed along her sewing machine to me. Her aging eyes make even threading a needle hard these days, but my eyes can still see the …

Art

It's Poetry at Work Day 2017! Join with Us to Celebrate!

It’s Poetry at Work Day 2017.<p>And I have a confession.<p>This is now the fifth year that Tweetspeak Poetry has sponsored Poetry at Work Day. I’ve written …

Poetry

Defining the Horizon: Poetry Prompt

There are many verses and poems attributed to the symbol of a horizon. In her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston uses horizon …

Poetry

Thank You Notes: Candles

<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

Eating and Drinking Poems: Storytelling and Luci Shaw's "Eating the Whole Egg"

Any family story has multiple versions: what I remember, what you remember, what really happened.<p>There’s the film in the minds of those who were …

Storytelling

Book Club Announcement: Dark Times Filled with Light, by Juan Gelman

There’s a ridiculous story I sometimes tell about pursuing a degree in political science because of its unique power to render me unemployable. But …

Poetry

Reading Together: Rita Dove's Thomas and Beulah

<i>“I think if Beulah was a star, she’d want to be the sun”</i><p>—Sandra Heska King, commenting on “Daystar”<p>In May, I heard Rita Dove interviewed by Derek …

Poetry

Poets and Poems: John Sibley Williams and “Disinheritance”

I grew up in a culture that celebrated death as much as it did life. Barely a stone’s throw from the riot of Bourbon Street was St. Peter’s Cemetery …

Poetry

Animate: Snowflake 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>snowflake.</b><p>Prompt Guidelines and …

Poetry

The Rapping in the Attic—Happy Holidays Fun Video!

We wish you a very happy holiday week. See you back here in January.<p>Love,<p>The mischief, magic, merriment and mirth Team that is Tweetspeak Poetry</b> …

Poets & Writers Toolkit: 3 Ways Reading Will Make You a Better Writer

For years now, I’ve been working hard to become a better writer. I’ve experimented in new genres, I’ve joined critique groups, I’ve attended …

Publishing

The Art of Stillness Book Club: A Second House in the Week

<i>Editor’s note: We’re discussing Pico Iyer’s The Art of Stillness together this month. Catch up on last week’s installment here.</i>The insurance claims …

Productivity

Twitter Party: The Odyssey and The Wooded Isle, Part 1

The Odyssey by Homer is the second oldest book in the Western literary canon; Homer’s The Iliad wins the prize for the oldest. The works are believed …

Poetry

Poetry Prompt: A Little Magic

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. …

Poetry

Life Notes: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Chickens

<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 …

Chickens

Committing Prufrock: There Will Be Time

Here I am working on only my third barista badge. I have a ways to go, but I can’t look too far ahead. If I do, I’ll panic and start muttering in the …

The Art of Stillness Book Club: Alone in the Dark

<i>Editor’s note: We’re discussing Pico Iyer’s The Art of Stillness together this month. Catch up on last week’s installment here.</i><p>Nearly every time I …

Emily Dickinson

Poets and Poems: Matt Duggan and “Dystopia 38.10”

Dystopia is a powerful theme in contemporary culture. Consider the Mad Max movies, The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games, or even the fantasy series …

Poetry

Poetry Prompt: Good Mischief

We believe there should be a little more mischief in our lives. The “all-in-good-fun” kind of mischief that gets you invited to the good parties.<p>If …

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> …

Poetry

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. …

Etymology

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 …

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 …

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