L.L. Barkat

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Journey into Poetry: Mark Osler

A few weeks ago, Megan Willome sent me her new book The Joy of Poetry. I loved it, and I hope you will read it, too.<p>As I read her book, I found …

Creative Writing

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. …

Books

Reading & Books Prompt: Lose Yourself in a Book

We live in a world of instant gratification, where the universe is at our fingertips. We’re attached to mobile devices and use them for nearly …

Poetry

Writing Coach Podcast Series – I Am From

To begin exploring identity issues, consider a simple list poem known as “Where I’m From” or “I Am From.” As you remember people and places, smells …

Podcasting

Top 10 Science Poems

There are those who, in expression of their various poetry-oriented anxieties, would say that poetry feels like rocket science. And sure, if you’ve …

Science

Coloring Page Poems: The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We’ve heard that coloring pages can be a good way to alleviate stress. And of course, we know that poetry is also a fine way to reduce stress. So …

Poetry

A Mistake Becomes a Discovery: John Holmes

Who was John Holmes?<p>I was working on two articles, both about lexicographer Samuel Johnson. One was a literary tour of his house in London; the other …

Books

Reading & Books Poetry Prompt: Reading to Children

All literature is created from our need to tell stories—about ourselves, others, or about the world—asserts The International Board on Books for …

Books

Poetry and Tea with the Boys

Sometime around 3 o’clock on a Tuesday or a Wednesday or a Thursday, no matter, I put the dented silver kettle on the stovetop. While the water …

Tea

Top 10 Tea Poems

I would like to say that tea and poetry go together like sand and surf, like wine and cheese, like Bogey and Bacall. But as one whose coming to tea …

List-Worthy

Confessions of a Serial Novel Writer

I have a recurring dream where I’m running down a deserted rural highway. The pavement is worn, its more prominent cracks patched in the hot summer …

Popular Fiction

Reading ‘Spoon River Anthology’ for the Third Time

If you asked who my favorite poet is, I wouldn’t hesitate in my answer: T.S. Eliot. If you asked me my favorite poem or collection of poems, my …

Reading & Books: Poetry Prompt

A book, too, can be a star, explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into …

Literature

Writing Coach Podcast Series - Find and Follow the Energy

Some writers lack energy as they try to figure out why their writing lives or writing projects feel stuck or sluggish. They’re wondering where the …

Podcasting

The Word-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Writing

A few months ago, I purchased and read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing after hearing the book …

Writing

Book Club Announcement: The Magician's Elephant

<b>What if?</b><p>What if an elephant-of-a-thing came crashing into your world? What if the thing you always believed turned out not to be true? What if your …

Magic

Memoir Notebook: Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal Acceptance Speech

<i>Editor’s Note: We’re delighted to reprint Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal acceptance speech for Flora & Ulysses, in our Memoir Notebook column—a</i> …

Books

Norman Nicholson: Poetry of Landscape and the Environment

A few weeks back, as I was reading <i>A Poet’s Guide to Britain</i>, I discovered a poem by Norman Nicholson (1914-1987) called “Scafell Pike.” It is a …

Books

Promises Promises: Poetry Prompt

The definition of <i>promise</i> states it is “a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen.” Most …

Writing

The Secret of Literature: Everyday Epiphanies

Just done with teaching, I’m sailing down the highway toward summer vacation when an (okay, somewhat hokey) acronym flies into my head: L. I. F. E. — …

Literature

A Way With Words: Canon and Cannon

This is <b>A Way with Words,</b> not to be confused with “Away with words!”<p>Today’s Illustration: the difference between the homophones <i>canon</i> and <i>cannon</i>.<p>A</b> …

Spelling

Regional Tour: Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, Michigan

<i>It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere.” ~ Primo Levi</i>A …

Holocaust

Finding Edna and Winifred in the Antique Shop

I was in an antique shop, called Dappled Gray Antiques, in the downtown section of my suburb in St. Louis. The “dappled gray” came from a carousel …

Books

The Poetry of Apple, Inc.: Prompt

<b>In the Beginning</b><p>Three friends—Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne—started it all by hanging out in Jobs’s parents’ garage. For some, this is …

Steve Jobs

Writing Coach Podcast Series - Start with Three Sentences

Don’t underestimate the power of the first three sentences to get a project in motion. Once you write three sentences, the piece has begun, ever so …

Podcasting

Take Your Poet to Work Day: Poets Just Want to Have Pun

There are few things we take as seriously around here as fun.<p>This is not to say we don’t know how to be serious, when it is time to be. Nor that we …

Seamus Heaney

Take Your Poet to Work Day: On Location

It’s Take Your Poet to Work Day!<p>It’s a great day to let Adrienne Rich take a few calls. Bring Rumi with you for some banter at the water cooler. …

Poets and Poems: Tina Barry and "Mall Flower"

In Mall Flower, poet and writer Tina Barry mixes poems and short fiction to record a life—childhood, youth, and adulthood. This artful combination of …

Literature

Rivers and Lakes Poetry Prompt: Be a Lake Poet

Considered part of the Romantic Movement, the Lake Poets were a group of English poets who lived in the Lake District of Cumberland and Cumbria, UK, …

Creative Writing

How to Write a College Application Essay: Some Final Thoughts

I’ve invited you to work hard on a process that, in many ways, will seem like one of the most important tasks of your life.<p>It is.<p>And, also, it …