L.L. Barkat

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“Housman Country: Into the Heart of England”

In 1896, A.E. Housman (1859-1936) published a poetry collection that might have seemed an unlikely candidate for one of the most popular books of …

Poetry

Poetry | Poems | English Poetry | Funny Poetry, New York, USA

Poetry, English Poetry & Funny Poetry is available from our website in New York & the USA. Contact us for more info about our Poems in New York & the …

Poetry

Committing Prufrock: The Path to Frost

Is it possible I graduated from high school without having memorized at least some poetry? I don’t remember doing so. I do remember my best friend …

Poetry

A Is for Azure: The Alphabet in Colors—Fuchsia Fun Facts and Prompt!

There are over ten million colors in the world, and that’s just the ones we can see. We tend to learn about the basics, but why limit ourselves? …

Haiku

Childhood, Poetry, and History: “The Courtship of Miles Standish”

In a box stored in the basement of our home, I have a record of my school history, grades 1 through 12. It was a box my mother kept, and kept adding …

Poetry

Flying Machines Poetry Prompt: An Ode to SkyMall

I’ve never met anyone who actually ordered something from the beloved in-flight publication, SkyMall. But, I’d like to.<p>My affection for the SkyMall …

Poetry

Life Notes: Superbuns!

<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 …

Lingerie

A Is for Azure: The Alphabet in Colors — Azure Fun Facts and Prompt!

There are over ten million colors in the world, and that’s just the ones we can see. We tend to learn about the basics, but why limit ourselves? …

Microsoft Azure

Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks: The Golden Shovel Anthology

If you’ve never heard of the Golden Shovel form of poetry, you’re not alone. It’s relatively new, created by National Book Award winner Terrance …

Poetry

Learn to Read! — Beautiful Art for a Predictable Sentence Chart

Reading is a skill that does not come naturally to the brain (unlike speech), and it takes years to master. The latest research shows that …

Illustration

Reading in the Wild: July's Pages

At Tweetspeak, books matter. We host a book club, we review books, and we publish them at T.S. Poetry Press. We’re dedicated to literacy — for life. …

Books

Eating and Drinking Poems: Stephen Murabito’s “Alone with the Artichokes”

The first time I ate an artichoke, it was in my friend Cecily’s tiny carriage house apartment when we were in grad school in Pittsburgh. She taught …

Graduate School

Poetic Voices: Scott Owens and David Chorlton

Poets Scott Owens and David Chorlton might rightfully be called “poets of the land.” But the lands they immerse themselves in, reflect upon, make …

Poetry

The Vale of Soul-Making: Poetry Prompt

Despite his brief life, John Keats wrote words packed with the wisdom and intelligence of many lifetimes. The essence of this is perhaps, found in …

Poetry

3 Ways to Improve Your Writing This Summer with Booth Tarkington

It’s summertime, and while the living might be easy, the writing? Not so much.<br>It’s the season of vacations at the beach, weekends at the lake, and …

Authors

Committing Prufrock: Taking a Stand Against Forgetfulness

I grow old . . . I grow old . . . Who starts memorizing poetry at my age?<p>If someone had told me a year ago that I’d be memorizing swaths of poetry …

Poets and Poems: Jeremiah Webster and “After So Many Fires”

From the first poem in the collection After So Many Fires by Jeremiah Webster, you know you’ve entered a landscape different from so many …

Poetry

Form It: A Mountain Poetry Prompt

<i>Form It</i> is a prompt that focuses on exploring our topic through form poetry. This time, we’re going to “form” <b>a mountain.</b><p>Prompt Guidelines and …

Poetry

Spending Take Your Poet to Work Day In and Out of Pocket

We celebrated the 5th annual Take Your Poet to Work Day this week. For the first time since this smart-fun event began, I missed the whole thing. I …

Literacy Never Melts: 'The Snowy Day' by Ezra Jack Keats

In college I took a children’s literature class. I wasn’t thinking about literacy for life, but I learned something I remembered ever since: I …

Poetry on the Brain: It's Take Your Poet to Work Day!

Beloved recluse Emily Dickinson is said to have written to a friend, “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is …

The Poem as Modern Myth: “Evangeline” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My paternal ancestors come from a very distinguished group in 18th century British society—the ones removed from debtors’ prisons and dumped off the …

Life Notes: Dragon Scales to Go, to Stay

<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 …

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Share the Fun of Take Your Poet to Work Day with our New Poster

Take Your Poet to Work Day is coming up next Wednesday, and it just got a little easier to share the fun at your workplace with our new printable …

Fun Reading Activities: Color & Trace "Molly On the Books"

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 …

A Legend in Iran: The Poems of Shamseddin Hafez

Shamseddin Hafez was writing poetry in what is now south-central Iran at the same time Geoffrey Chaucer was writing poetry in England. His influence …

Animate: River Valley 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>river valley.</b><p>Prompt Guidelines …

Reading in the Wild: June'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. …

10 Delightful Ways to Keep Your Kids' Summer Reading in Swing

Ah, childhood memories of summer—sleeping in, warm days at the beach, camp outs, visits from relatives, reading at least four books to maintain grade …

Fun Reading Activities: Color & Trace "Joe, a Grill and Brisket"

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 …