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Healing with Poetry: Interview with Poet Fred Foote (Part 1)

Maureen Doallas spoke with Fred Foote, a retired Navy Medical Corps physician who served in the 2003 Iraq War and currently leads the Warrior Poetry


Top 10 Picks at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

I’ve been to a lot of museums in my time, in locations from England to France to Spain, from Texas to New York to Washington (State and D.C.), and …


Poetry Dare: Dreaming with Darwish

Editor’s note: Amidst all the mischief, merriment and mirth, at Tweetspeak Poetry we’re in the business of becoming, and of helping people become who


Poetic Voices: Molly Fisk and Miriam Bird Greenberg

Strong, vivid imagery is a hallmark of good poetry, and indeed all good writing. Two poets with recent collections demonstrate the value of imagery …


Circus & Carnival Poetry and Photo Prompt: Run Away With the Circus

You’re in a thankless job and fed up with authority. You feel like life needs more thrills and adventure. You’ve decided… it’s time to make a change. …


Loki Goodness Campaign 8: Inventions and Dreams

Sometimes we publish fiction here at Tweetspeak Poetry. And we definitely give a place to student writing. This co-written series qualifies as both.

Fan Fiction

Twitter Poems: Top 10 Poetic Tweets

We spend a lot of time on Twitter. (We’re Tweetspeak Poetry, after all.) In fact, we figure we read thousands of tweets every month. One of the …


Adjustments: The Series

It’s a little-known fact that when planning a dinner party, it is nearly always advisable to include a claim adjuster on the guest list. This was the …

Jay Leno

The Circus: The Last Hurrah of Childhood

I was 12. My soon-to-be-sister-in-law was taking me and her younger sister to the circus. I had been to the circus once before, but had few …

New Orleans

Circus & Carnival Prompt: Circus Animals

The year 1871 was the bellweather moment for the American circus when P.T. Barnum debuted his Museum, Menagerie & Circus. They featured exotic …


Regional Tour: A Glimpse of Yosemite

No temple made with human hands can compare with Yosemite. – John MuirAfter finding a winter special for a lodge near Yosemite National Park, we …

Yosemite National Park

Top 10 Dip Into Poetry Lines

We began 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. …


Regional Tour: North House Folk School, Grand Marais, Minnesota

I stand quietly behind a carver, hypnotized by the gentle glide of the draw knife as she pulls it down the length of the rough wood. The single …


Poetic Voices: Paula Marie Coomer and Donna Vorreyer

Poetry takes work—poetry is work—and it’s also a house filled with windows, enabling the poet to look outward and the reader to look inward. Two …


Circus & Carnival Poetry Prompt: Deep Fried and On a Stick

There’s only one place to go when you’re craving a snack that’s deep fried and served on a stick. Carnival food is a guilty pleasure. It’s the …


Emily Dickinson and The Sea: A Poem of Transcendence

Write! And your self-seeking text will know itself better than flesh and blood, rising… —Hélène Cixous, The Laugh of Medusa

The Poem At the End of the …


Top 10 Cheese Poems

Chesterton started a rumor which we quote from time to time."Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese." #Chesterton— tspoetry …


Mahmoud Darwish and the Follow Your Dream Poetry Dare

My son asked me what new thing I had done today. Yesterday, we dared each other to do one new thing a day. I signed on for 30 days. He, always the …


Poets and Poems: Hart Crane, “The Bridge” and Me

Time’s rendings, time’s blendings they construe
As final reckonings of fire and snow…

(from “The River” in The Bridge)

Hart Crane (1899-1932) was born …


Circus & Carnival: Playlist and Prompt

This month’s Circus & Carnival playlist is as diverse and exciting as the circus itself. We have a variety of songs like Carnival Town by Norah Jones, …


Emily Dickinson's I Started Early - Took My Dog

We have a thing for Emily Dickinson. Sort of.

I Started Early — Took My Dog —

I started Early – Took my Dog –
And visited the Sea –
The Mermaids in the …

Emily Dickinson

The Best in Poetry: This Month's Top 10 Poetic Picks

The best in poetry (and poetic things)

1 Art & Apps

We’ve been sailing poems all month as part of our Ship, Sail, Boat theme. One morning on Twitter, …

An Adjuster's Letter to John Keats

Editor’s note: The letter that follows is written by a character we’ll be introducing soon in a new fiction series available as exclusive content for

John Keats

Poetic Voices: Megan Fernandes and Sandra Marchetti

I read some poetry collections that are enjoyable and well crafted but soon disappear in the far reaches of memory. I suppose that’s a nice way of …


Ship, Sail, Boat: The Age of Sea Shanties

I soon got used to this singing, for the sailors never touched a rope without it . . . Some sea captains, before shipping a man, always ask him


Memoir Notebook: Sweet Talk

Mama knew how to sweet-talk people. Her magic had served her well in McAllen, Texas. And it seemed to be working in our new home in south Louisiana, …

Kitchen Cabinets

Top 10 Places in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Life is very different when you walk through it.

—The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce

What is it that makes a man leave his house to …

Write the Best Essays, for Pleasure and Profit—New Workshop!

A workshop that will help you write the best essays.

Begins August 30, 2015. Limit 10 participants.

Annie Dillard has claimed, “The essay can do …


Riding a Bicycle on an Unlikely Pilgrimage with Harold Fry

I had spent quite a bit of the day at my desk. Mid-afternoon, I needed to find some head room. I’d already been out to putter in my small garden, …

How to Write a Poetry Review

We had considerable conversation, and a little controversy, around my post two weeks ago, “The 6 Most Overused Words in Poetry Reviews.” I didn’t …