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  1. The Mischief Cafe: poetry at home with toast (buttered!) & tea
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  2. The Mischief Cafe: poetry at home with toast (buttered!) & tea

    Delivery: 10-20 Working Days
    Customer Ratings (4 reviews)
    Price R379.00

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Poetry is for life, not for ivory towers. At Tweetspeak Poetry, it has been our delight to bring poetry to people, right where they are. To bring together established poets and poets taking first steps. And to invite those who thought they could never be a part of poetry to dip in without fear. Because we strongly believe poetry is for life. Somewhere along the way, as part of our poetry merry-making, we opened The Mischief Café. It’s a “welcome” space on our website. But also somewhere along the line, it began to feel like more. Maybe The Mischief Café should not just be virtual, we started to think. And so it began. The idea of a traveling café, bringing poetry to people right where they are. In their own homes, amidst friends. With toast (buttered) and tea. It’s an idea that’s still working itself out, but for now, sometimes a member of our Tweetspeak Poetry team will come to tea with poetry. And sometimes poetry lovers won’t want to wait for that. So they’ll make a little poetry mischief on their own. This book describes the idea of a Mischief Cafe and how to run one, includes over thirty poems from T. S. Poetry Press titles (and from the conversation with fans that started the idea of this book), and has blank pages for new poems that café gatherers can write together over time using (or not) the 34 poem title prompts provided throughout. Overall, the book gives you everything you need to run your own Mischief Cafe (or attend one): an explanation you can read aloud at your gathering, poems to share, prompts to inspire. Everything, that is, except the toast (buttered!) and tea.


T. S. Poetry Press
T. S. Poetry Press
black & white illustrations
black & white illustrations
T. S. Poetry Press
T. S. Poetry Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

There is mischief afoot.
No, Watson, the game’s afoot.
The Mischief Café has opened its doors,
poetry at home with toast,
buttered (not artisan), & tea, although
some insist upon coffee, grounds
for litigation by the tea crowd. Just so.

It is a book, you see, a book
of poems, and dreams,
of poems, and screams
of delights, oohs and ahs,
and prompts and pages
blank with expectancy
waiting to be filled and poured.

The Mischief Café’s a traveling café,
a minstrel show, a lyceum,
bawdy vaudeville, a hermit’s retreat,
a Facebook post, an introvert’s tweet,
filled with blank pages, a journal,
because all poetry begins, or hesitates,
upon blank pages, and dreams.

There is mischief afoot.
No, Watson, the game’s afoot.
No, Holmes, my ruler’s a foot.

So, if you wondering what this is all about,... Read more
I absolutely love The Mischief Cafe and all it entails. I sat in my office and read it cover to cover (which is not like me, I am the savoring type), but I just had to read on.

There are so many things I like about it--from the opening, simple quote from Neruda to the closing themes of birth, quiet, and thanks. I appreciate the diligence to keeping themes running through the book that seamlessly move together from poem to blank page.

What gems from Darlene and Sandra Heska King; they made me chuckle out loud. And the poem from Barkat's nine-year-old daughter, wowee! And I was thrilled to see one of Barkat's finest poems "Whispered" in the volume: "when I cut the beets tonight, / the red water went all into / the lines on my hands." I was also honored to be included in the book.

Most of all, I love how the editor Barkat and TS Poetry Press are making poetry fun, accessible, inclusive to all poets no matter the age or experience, and pushing the... Read more
Poetry is meeting me in new ways and new places. Nearly everywhere I turn, I am discovering poetry. I am not sure if I am following poetry or poetry is following me. It doesn't matter. Poetry is simply permeating my life. A balm, a salve, an outlet, a friend. A playmate, a messenger, a harbinger of delight. And a bit of mischief.
The creative folks at T.S. Poetry Press know how to serve up double portions of fun, mischief & merriment. In fact, much of what rolls off the presses there comes with at least a side of whimsy.
The latest title, "The Mischief Cafe; poetry at home with toast (buttered) & tea" will likely prove to scatter poetry farther, wider, broader, bringing it closer to home. Closer to "everyman". Farther from academia and classrooms. Into the hands of each one of us.
With "The Mischief Cafe" poems and poetry prompts come to you, giving those hungry for art and whimsy a chance to gather around and savor words. Together. In groups... Read more
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