L.L. Barkat

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How to Write a College Application Essay: So What Kind of Writing Is This?

I know what you’re thinking. <i>Essays.</i> Introductions opening with rhetorical questions and ending in thesis statements. Three body paragraphs, each …

Top 10 Pillow Poems

There’s something really sweet about finding fine chocolate on your pillow (or so I’m told). It seems to me it can be misinterpreted, though, …

Top 10

2016 Pulitzer Prize: “Ozone Journal” by Peter Balakian

Peter Balakian, a professor of English and creative writing at Colgate University, is known for his writing and works about the Armenian genocide, …

Pulitzer Prize

Poetry Prompt: Celebrity Pillows

Imagine your favorite celebrity emblazoned on a pillow, in the most regal way. That’s what the company, Replaceface does. Celebrity faces are …

Entertainment

Memoir Notebook: Waterfall of Sweet Dreams—Part I: The Call

For we wrestle not with flesh and blood,<br>but against powers of this world.<br>But… but don’t worry, here we meet,<br>in this castle of lost souls. In the …

Poetry

Top 10 Pocket Poets and Their Poems

For many a National Poetry Month celebrant, the highlight of the month is Poem in Your Pocket Day, that wondrous day when poetry appears magically …

The Joy of Poem on Your Pillow Day

Part of the joy of poetry is the delight of surprise, and what better surprise than to find a poem on your pillow. Poem on Your Pillow Day is coming …

Literature

British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

It’s a long and distinguished list, and includes Edmund Spenser, Ben Jonson, John Dryden, William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson, John Masefield, …

Bees

Poetry Prompt: A Pirate On Aging

For most of human history, life expectancy has been short – perhaps 25 years for our hunter-gatherer ancestors and only 37 years for residents of …

Writing

How to Write a College Application Essay: What’s it All About?

<b>First Things First: Take It Off Your Stress List</b><p>As a private writing, reading, and college test prep tutor over the past 15 years, I’ve witnessed …

Education

Book Club Announcement: The Joy of Poetry Begins May 4

I have long considered a potted plant to be too great of a commitment. It’s not as though the thing would be in danger of falling down the steps if I …

Gardening

"The Joy of Poetry" by Megan Willome

Certain images of my mother stick in my head, the earliest being her reading to me from a tall green edition of <i>Grimm’s Fairy Tales</i>. Other images …

Books

The Pirate's Code Poetry Prompt

Even pirates had their standards. One of the most famous and successful pirates was Bartholomew “Black Bart” Roberts (1682-1722). He was a Welshman …

Writing

Top 10 Poems About Wood

I keep thinking I want to say something about woodchucks. Like, how many (wood) poems could a woodchuck write if a woodchuck could write (wood) …

Top 10

Memoir Notebook: In the Jingle Jangle Morning, 1965

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me<br>In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come followin’ you<br>—Bob Dylan<p>When I was 19, I worked with an aging, …

Grand Canyon

The Joy of Poetry: As Much as She Could Carry

Part memoir, part humorous and poignant defense of poetry, The Joy of Poetry: How to Keep, Save & Make Your Life with Poems is a book that shows you …

Literature

Poetic Voices: Lucia Cherciu and Sarah Nichols

Poets have been writing about exile at least as far back as Ovid’s exile to the Romanian coast of the Black Sea by the Emperor Caesar Augustus in 8 …

Books

Pirate Poems: A Pirate's Life For Me Prompt

Avast, ye scurvy dogs! If you are looking for freedom, adventure on the open sea, long work hours, battles, treasure, and a fantastic wardrobe then a …

Writing

Celebrating National Poetry Month: The Joy of Poetry

This year for National Poetry Month, we’ve already shared some beautiful, fun, and free materials— as well as an inspiring invitation. If you haven’t …

Literature

9 Ways to Include Libraries in Your Book Marketing Plan

A Great Book Marketing PlanWhen preparing to release a book, many authors turn to blogs, social media, and their online platform to get the word out. …

Library 2.0

How to Write a College Application Essay: An Introduction

You may wonder what a post about college application essays is doing on a poetry site. College applications belong to the icky world of GPA’s, ACT’s, …

College & University

Walt Whitman in Brooklyn: Newspapers and “Leaves of Grass”

When we read a poem, or a collection of poetry, we rarely make a connection to the poet’s geography, unless the poems are specifically about a place …

Poetry

Time Poetry Prompt: Once Upon a Time

<i>Once upon a time</i>.<p>According to the <i>Oxford English Dictionary</i>, the idiom “Once upon a time” has been in use in some form since at least 1380. Used to …

Creative Writing

“The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606″

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. While Great Britain, never a slouch in the “can we find some anniversary …

Poetry

Your Free Jeans Poems & Photos E-book and an Invitation!

Last year, during National Poetry Month, you gave us your jeans. In words and photos.<p>Through a careful selection and editing process, we then …

National Poetry Month: De-Stress with Our Poetry Coloring Book!

In the past, we’ve claimed that reading poetry can reduce cholesterol and whiten teeth. Some might say such claims have not been supported with …

Books

The Best Buildings: Carnegie Library—Eureka Springs, Arkansas

<i>The bridge between matter and spirit is matter becoming spirit.</i> —Paolo Soleri<p>With a little February rain, icicles emerge from the strata of rock …

Arkansas

Every Day Ideas: Every Day Sketches

I am not an all-day writer. In fact, the greater part of my day is spent in the midst of insurance claims, which can mean, like it did this week, …

Lexicographer Samuel Johnson: Bookended by Poetry

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), the great lexicographer, wrote three great works that influenced English language and literature even to our own day. The …

Memoir Notebook: Harp Dreams and Good Vibrations

It’s Saturday. We sit on the edge of the soft chaise lounge upstairs in a room lined with all kinds of stringed instruments in a store called …