L.L. Barkat

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Tea Quest: Anchor and Anvil Coffee Bar

Anchor and Anvil Coffee Bar might be the only place in Pittsburgh (or the world) where you can drink a parking chair.<p>Any native knows that a parking …

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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. …

Poetry

Make it the Most Colorful Holiday

The holidays have always been colorful. But never like this.<p>Our newly updated shop now has gifts for all ages featuring the artwork of Donna Z. …

Christmas

Through the Looking Glass: Creative Writing Workshop

<i>Photo by Jakob Lawitski, Creative Commons, via Flickr.</i><p>A special creative writing workshop with author and editor Megan Willome.<p><b>February 5th – April</b> …

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Thank You Notes: Thank You Notes

<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 …

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Commit Poetry: Edgar A. Guest (Michigan’s First & Last Poet Laureate)

<i>For Edgar Gilmore with congratulations<br>and the best wishes always of another Edgar.</i><p><i>Sincerely,</i> <i><br>Edgar A. Guest</i> <i><br>June 17, 1939</i><p>That’s the inscription inside …

Poetry

Poets and Poems: Simon Armitage Translates “Pearl”

By poetry standards, Simon Armitage is one of Britain’s most successful poets, with some 11 collections and numerous recognitions and awards. But his …

Poetry

5 Reasons You Should Read Aloud (Maybe Even to Your Pets!)

“Did you show him the pictures?” my friend asked after I told her I’d read a children’s book to my dying dog.<p>I shared how my fifteen-year-old …

Parenting

Eating and Drinking Poems: Anne Overstreet's "Under Heaven"

Mrs. Schulenberg brought a pomegranate to Latin class.<p>We were studying the myth of Ceres and her daughter Proserpina (the Romans’ equivalent of the …

Pomegranate

Poets and Poems: Tara Skurtu and “The Amoeba Game”

Poet Tara Skurtu knows the influence of roots. A first-generation American, she was born in Key West, Florida. But her roots are Romanian. She would …

Poetry

How to Get Your Poems Published

Want to get your poems published? This excerpt from How to Write a Poem<br>will give you the best guidance!<p>GET TIPS ON:<p><b>•</b> How to avoid sneaky scams<p><b>•</b> How …

Children's Book Club: Eggday

I don’t know which of us loved the Scholastic Book Fairs that came to my kids’ elementary school more — them or me. The rule was that I would buy …

Regional Tour: Booklover Footloose in Wonderland (Yellowstone National Park)

HotspotAny geologist will tell you this place is a smoking gun.Majestic—yet perilous—Yellowstone showcases exuberant mudpots, frenetic steam vents, …

National Parks

Storm in a Teacup: Slowing to the Speed of Tea

<i>Editor’s Note: This post is the second in a three-part book club discussion of Helen Czerski’s Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life.</i><p>I …

What Made 1922 a Literary Watershed Year?

The year 1922 isn’t especially remembered as a year of major significance (it wasn’t a presidential election year, for one thing), but it was a …

Literature

How to Read at an Open Mic

So you want to read a poem at an open mic?<br>We’ve got great tips for you, from an experienced author and poet!<p>GET TIPS ON:<p><b>•</b> how long you should plan to …

Boxes & Baskets: Animate Poetry Prompt

<i>Animate</i> is a poetry prompt that focuses on speaking as if we are a particular object or thing. This time, we’re speaking as <b>boxes & baskets.</b><p>Prompt …

How to Find the Best Poems

Our editors spend hundreds of hours each year to find <b>only the best</b> poems!<p>With Every Day Poems, you relax and get:<p><b>•</b> a best poem every weekday<p><b>•</b> …

Reading in the Wild: October'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. …

Adopting Poetry (Texas) and Reaching for the Stars

Sometimes, poetry has a strong sense of place.<p>Sometimes, poetry <i>is</i> a place.<p>That poetry can be a place is a thing known intimately by the 90-and-change …

Storm in a Teacup: Rocket Post & The Ideal Gas Law

<i>Editor’s Note: This post is the first in a three-part book club discussion of Helen Czerski’s Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life.</i>No …

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Bears & Beasts: Teddy Bear Comfort

As children make their first transition in life— that is, separating from their mother and easing into the world around them—comfort objects can …

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Day of the Dead: Skeletons, Stories, Songs, Poetry

By mid-August, our local grocery store had already set out jack o’ lanterns, ghosts and Happy Halloween signs. And right alongside them, Day of the …

Mexico

From I Hate to Cook to the Joy of Cooking: A Writer’s Favorite Cookbooks

For my entire life, even before I could cook, I’ve collected cookbooks. And while not all great cooks love books (and surely not all great readers …

American Philosophy

A Is For Azure: The Alphabet in Colors—Xanthic Fun Facts & Poetry 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

Poets and Poems: Luke Kennard and “Cain”

British poet Luke Kennard has collected a number of glowing descriptions of his poetry—among them ingenious, innovative, clever, entertaining, “one …

Luke Kennard

Bears & Beasts Poetry Prompt: Fairytale Beasts

Fairytales communicate through beasts and wild creatures in order to explore common experiences. As old as literature itself, the articulate, …

Poetry

Put a Little Song in Your Heart—with Latino Nursery Rhymes from Canticos

Canticos is the first brand of Encantos Media Studios, but not the last. The word canticos means “little songs,” and the stories, games, apps, and …

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Tea Quest: De Fer Coffee and Tea

There was a time I might have answered “Where’s this tea from?” with “Kroger.” For my new favorite black tea blend, the answer is India, Malawi, and …

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Book Club Announcement: Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

<i>While I was a university student, I spent a while doing physics revision at my Nana’s house. Nana, a down-to-earth northerner, was very impressed</i> …

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