Take a little time to engage in some sparkly living this week. Pay special attention to what glints and gleams, sparkles and speckles, or… explodes!
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Reports on the state of the planet’s future can sound like dystopian science fiction. Can they also be a clarion call that enlivens our creativity? Join us as we write about our interconnection to the world we’re part of.
Go on a walk after reading Ray Bradbury’s story “The Pedestrian,” then craft a sci-fi poem to share with us where your rambles took you.
Try writing a poem inspired by Ursula K. Le Guin, where setting is everything, whether it’s the California foothills, the banks of a creek bravely winding its way to the ocean, or an utterly new planet that only you have explored!
This week we’re spending time in our notebooks tracing the lines of connection, the poems we can’t forget, the books we always return to, reflecting on their influence on our poetry—and maybe sharing a poem to illustrate.
Pour a cup of tea and enjoy these haiku picture books (including a cat tale!) that will make you smile and get you writing.
Can you write a poem in 31 syllables that takes the reader in an unexpected direction?
There’s a long tradition of poetry being inspired by painting and other fine arts. Come write tanka inspired by Japanese art!
This month, we’ll explore the ancient Japanese form called the tanka. This lesser known form might be thought of as haiku’s quiet older sibling.
Explore Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and write a fairy tale poem about a royal birth where magic is afoot and things aren’t what they seem.
Join us as we write about celebrating birthdays, and consider how the formal aspects of our poems add emotional resonance to personal observations.
A chunk of quartz crystal caught my eye. Inside the quartz were ribbons of tourmaline, October’s birthstone. What is the hidden gem in your writing?
Come write poetry inspired by Christina Rossetti’s list poem “The Months” and see if you like how she describes your birthday month.
Are there family stories about the day of your arrival, a received mythology that shapes you? Come write poetry about the unopened gift of your birth.
L.L. Barkat, Founder, Tweetspeak Poetry, T. S. Poetry Press, Every Day Poems, and WordCandy. I’m a former English and elementary educator, K-12 certified, who believes in the heart of a teacher and the soul of a student. With expertise in literacy development and a strong interest in early childhood math education, I’m currently giving my […]