“This is her way: allure. She weaves mystery. Never hands it all over. Never shows the full picture. Leaves much for the imagination. It’s her defining factor,” says Claire Burge about author L.L. Barkat, in an article called Queue the Subtle Power of Incognito Mode.
If L.L. is about allure and mystery, it’s never been more evident than in her new collection Love, Etc.: Poems of Love, Laughter, Longing & Loss.
Take this simple poem, for instance…
The poem could be about lovers, or friends. It could be about the relationship between writer and reader. It leaves enough unsaid (and even leaves the last line unpunctuated), so you can make it say what your heart wants or needs it to say. That’s the great mystery of poetry. It leaves space that invites you in. It provides the allure of possibility.
On Monday, April 14, Tweetspeak Poetry would like to launch the possibility of Love, Etc. with a special event that includes:
1. virtual share-the-love (full day via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest)
2. a live reading via Zoom (limited to 20 fans; 2-2:45 pm EST; first 20 to sign up will be admitted and, yes, L.L. will show her face and maybe wear red)
3. the gift of chocolate
How to Launch Love on April 14
Share-the-Love. Consider sharing a love or friendship quote from WordCandy. It’s easy to share via Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Use the hashtag #loveetc and feel free to tell us about your shares by leaving a comment here in the comment box. We want to share the love you’re sharing.
Live reading by L.L. via Zoom. Sign up via the form in this post. Limited to 20 participants. Bring your copy of Love, Etc. and consider reading us one of the poems, as time allows. Instructions for participating via Zoom will be sent before Monday.
The Gift of Chocolate. Do you love someone? Order the gift of chocolate and tell them you’re doing it as a way to launch Love, Etc. We’ll order some too and give it away at random, to a tweeter or blogger who helps launch Love, Etc. with a red poem or photo and a link back to this post. (Remember to give us the link to your post or tweet here in the comments, so we don’t miss you.)
Consider Wearing Red on Facebook. Just grab the header and profile picture at the bottom of this post, conveniently sized for Facebook. And you can wear red for the launch!
That’s it. We look forward to the allure of a day spent together celebrating love.
The to is
like the bird flying
like the brown eyes
open the trails
with fallen trees,
like the mountain’s
to the sea.
(excerpt from the 6-part poem “Bird on the Mountain”, in Love, Etc)
Wondering if you’d really want to launch love? Maureen Doallas gives you a few beautiful reasons in her intriguing review of Love, Etc.
Photo by Joe Martin Photography, Creative Commons, via Flickr.