The tale of the Sword of Damocles offers a moral that is sometimes misunderstood. We promise not to leave you hanging by a thread. Come write a poetic tale with us!
Thank You Notes is a monthly prompt that focuses on expressing our thanks to a particular person, place, or thing—in poems, paragraphs, or pictures. This month, we’re crafting thank-you’s to ice.
As a preteen, a reading challenge at school brought Bethany Rohde into a new world of reading unfamiliar titles and finding new worlds.
Curiosity thrives in the sweet spot Ian Leslie calls the “curiosity zone,” right between what you already know and knowing too much. Follow along in our Curious book club.
With the swoosh of his sword, Alexander cut the Gordian knot. Learn a bit about this fabled tale and its use in today’s lexicon. Write some poetry with us. Consider it a challenge.
To teach civil rights is partly to teach how to deal with mixed emotions. Callie Feyen uses a striking picture book to help you teach with depth & clarity.
In the film Paterson, Charity Singleton Craig finds the routine of doing the same thing in the same place day after day forms a canvas on which to create.
Sandra Heska King continues her poetry dare, memorizing T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Today, she shares her tips for memorizing a poem.
This week’s poetry prompt asks you to imagine yourself a winding thread. Join us, animate yourself into a long, thin strand, and create poetry.
A lovely glass milk jug becomes the inspiration for a beautiful poetry hearts activity. Join Callie Feyen and make a few thoughtful hearts for Valentines or just for fun.
From the drifting of free verse to the mooring of form the sea is just waiting for poetry to sail in. Enjoy ten great poems about ships, sailing, and boats.
A single strand of dark red ribbon winds its way around the ebony locks of Bess, the innkeeper’s daughter, creating a love knot. Entwine a poetic knot of love this week and write your own clove-hitch of the heart.
With both hands wrapped around a steaming mug, Ann Kroeker recognizes that life needs pauses. And life needs tea.
Laura Lynn Brown offers a reflection on Barbara Crooker’s “Ode to Olive Oil” and a tasty recipe of white beans with sage to go with it.
In our final discussion of Dark Times Filled with Light, we look at Juan Gelman’s masterful manipulation of language and the challenges of translation.
The simple string marking the space between earth and the sky is much more than it seems. It’s a line of possibility. Come with us on a journey along a horizon line and write some poetry exploring its potential.
English teacher Diane Flint reflects on “the heroic” and “the hero’s journey” as a central theme taught in most English curricula.
Web designer LW Lindquist has 10 great tips and tools to keep the sparkle (and security) in your WordPress website or blog.