L.L. Barkat

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Charles Sorley and the Poetry of World War I

By mid-1915, the Great War in Europe had become stalemated on the western front. Both sides had hunkered down in the hundreds of miles of trenches …

Poetry Prompt: Rhymes With Silver

Silver is often overlooked for the more precious metal, gold, but this element has special properties which deserve a second look.<p>For example, of all …

Memoir Notebook: Waterfall of Sweet Dreams—Part III: Disenchantment

After you get so you can make it with other people,<br>and make it with yourself, there’s still work to be done;<br>you still have the main party to deal …

Literature

Top 10 Night Poems

In The Joy of Poetry, Megan Willome says, “There are pills to help a person go to sleep and pills to help a person stay asleep. I have not found a …

Books

The Joy of Poetry Book Club: In Your Dreams

<i>I don’t have trouble going to sleep; it’s that I don’t like what I find while I’m there.</i><p>—<i>Megan Willome</i><p>It’s no secret my childhood was riddled with …

Writing

Poetic Voices: Kelly Hansen Maher and Heather Derr-Smith

In new collections, poets Kelly Hansen Maher and Heather Derr-Smith write about lives as women, Hansen Maher speaking to the pain of repeated …

University of Minnesota

Silver, Gold, and Precious Stones: Shining Dawn

All gold that’s ever been found on Earth (or anywhere in the Universe for that matter) originated from collisions of dead stars. Other elements are …

Harvard

How to Write a College Application Essay: A Closer Look at a Winning Application

In my last post, I discussed what the college essay is all about (and not about). This time, we’re going to take a look at how a young man we’ll call …

Essays

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. …

Emily Dickinson

The Joy of Poetry Book Club: There's a Problem with the Poets

<i>Yes, Merry Nell, poets can be a little weird.</i><p>—<i>Megan Willome</i><p>I have a certain poem in pre-draft status—meaning, it’s been in existence for quite a …

Books

“Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide” by Mark Yakich

Poets, or most of them, take their work seriously. You can read interviews in <i>Poets & Writers,</i> <i>American Poets</i>, and The Poetry Society in the U.K., and …

Literature

Poetry Prompt: You're a Gem!

Gemstones have played various roles in the myths and legends of human cultures throughout history. Gathered from all corners of the world, each is …

Writing

Memoir Notebook: Waterfall of Sweet Dreams—Part II: Bummer and the Rat

Faithfulness and devotion, things born of fire and roof,<br>were his; yet he retained his wildness and wiliness.<br>He was a thing of the wild, come in from …

Poetry

Poetic Voices: Elizabeth Onusko and Athena Kildegaard

Two poets—Elizabeth Onusko and Athena Kildegaard—have published new collections that both examine society. Individual poets with distinctive voices, …

Big Data

The Joy of Poetry Book Club: Stick With Poetry

<i>If I had written a letter to my 13-year-old self with the benefit of hindsight, it would have said, “Stick with poetry. You’ll need it.”</i><p>—<i>Megan Willome</i><p>…

Creative Writing

It's Poem on Your Pillow Day!

There’s an old joke, often credited to Bob Hope, that goes something like, “I just flew in from National Poetry Month, and boy, are my arms tired.” …

Poetry

Silver, Gold, and Precious Stones: Poetry Prompt

Whether silver, gold, or precious stones, jewels have always been a part of human culture. Even when man first began using clothes and tools, jewels …

Writing

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 …

Essays

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 …

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 …

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 …

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