L.L. Barkat

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Poets and Poems: Michelle Menting and “Leaves Surface Like Skin”

Lichen sticking to the grooves of tree bark. Pine needles surrounding a house embedded in the woods. A pale, yellow flower grazing the finger of a …

Poetry

Children’s Book Club: “Frederick”

The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread.”<br>— D.H. LawrenceI’ve been teaching The Joy of Poetry this fall at our local Episcopal church, and …

Poetry

Write the Moon: A No-Write Poetry Prompt

“But I can’t write poetry!” you tell me. I know, I know, you sweet thing. Me neither. Let’s just you and I talk about the greatest season of all …

Poetry

A Random Day of Poetry

There are times where, behind the curtain of our virtual presence, we ask ourselves why we do what we do at Tweetspeak. In many of those …

Poetry

Reading in the Wild: September’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. …

Books

Make a Conscious Decision: It’s Random Acts of Poetry Day!

random<i>adjective</i><br>Made, done, or happening without method or conscious decision(OxfordDictionaries.com)<b>Random Acts of Poetry Day</b> is one of those days …

Poetry

Bears & Beasts: 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>bears & beasts.</b>Prompt …

Poetry

Infographic: How to Write a Cinquain Poem

At its most fundamental, a cinquain poem is simply a poem written in five-line stanzas. Perhaps it’s only one stanza, five lines long. But dig a …

Poetry

Thank You Notes: Walks

Thank You Notes is a monthly prompt that focuses on expressing our thanks to a particular person, place, or thing — in poems, paragraphs, or …

Creative Commons

Poets and Poems: John Latham and “From Professor Murasaki’s Notebooks”

John Latham is a research scientist, specializing in cloud formation. He’s received several medals from the Royal Meteorological Society, founded the …

Poetry

Poetry Prompt: The Reverse Cinquain

Hopefully, you’ve tried your hand at writing the form poem called the Cinquain, created by American poet Adelaide Crapsey.<p>Since you now have a little …

Poetry

Life Notes: Notes from an Urban Cabin # 19

<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 …

Creative Commons

Top 10 Alphabet Books for National Literacy Month!

Learning to read is one of the hardest tasks a child will ever undertake. Besides requiring a good working memory, an excellent understanding of …

Kids

The First Poetry for Children: “Divine Emblems” by John Bunyan

During his lifetime, the English Puritan minister and writer John Bunyan (1628-1688) wrote some 60 works, mostly collections of his sermons. After …

Poetry

Cinquain Poetry Prompt: The Superposition

Remembered as the inventor of the cinquain, Adelaide Crapsey’s poems were published posthumously in the twenties and thirties. During that time she …

Poetry

Children's Book Club: 'One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale'

It was my understanding that there would be no math.”<p>— Chevy Chase, impersonating President Gerald Ford in a Saturday Night Life sketch of yore<p>Math …

4 Smartphone-Free Tips to Help Sustain Your Writing Life

Over the past several years, I’ve increasingly engaged in a risky behavior that, at times, leaves me nauseous, forgetful, and even a little …

Productivity

The Strangeness of “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens

It is strange to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1812-1870) and see the ongoing media coverage of Charlottesville, controversies over …

The Early Cinquain: Poetry Prompt

The cinquain in its simplest form, is merely a poem with a five-line stanza. Although Adelaide Crapsey created the modern form, English poets of the …

4 Great Reasons To Read Kids' Books—With a Book Buddy!

I have a secret to share: This summer I read countless children’s picture books to myself—not just once, but several times, even at bedtime.<p>There’s …

A Is for Azure: The Alphabet in Colors - Vermilion Fun Facts and 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? …

Totally Great Tips for Your College Essay—Interview With An Expert!

Meet the Essay Expert<p>Tania Runyan is one of the fastest, strongest writers I’ve ever met. And I meet a lot of writers, since I’m an editor and a …

The Poetry of the Visiting Card: Miss Jennie Todt meets Catherina Gerhard

In writing about the poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—Paul Revere’s Ride, Evangeline, and The Courtship of Miles Standish—I’ve been using an …

Poetry Prompt: The Crapsey Cinquain

The cinquain, otherwise known as a quintain or quintet, is a poem (or a stanza) composed of five lines. Several European languages offer examples of …

Poetry

Reading in the Wild: August'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. …

A Is for Azure: The Alphabet in Colors—Jasmine 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? …

Of Color, Beauty, the Alphabet, and Fun: "A is for Azure"

How do you describe a book about color?<p>Saying “it’s colorful” seems slightly redundant and more than slightly unhelpful.<p>How do you describe a book …

Flying Machines Poetry Prompt: Wing Envy

Many believed it couldn’t happen.<p>Of all the contraptions built on the hopes of becoming the first successful flying machine, poet John Townsend …

Thank You Notes: Notepads

Thank You Notes is a monthly prompt that focuses on expressing our thanks to a particular person, place, or thing — in poems, paragraphs, or …

Tea Quest: LaBella Bean in Bridgeville, Pa.

The menu board at LaBella Bean Coffee Shop and Cafe in Bridgeville, Pa., invites, “Check out our loose tea!”<p>“Tell me about your loose teas,” I said …