October 2014 Issue
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Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer
If you haven’t heard yet, we’ve completed the list of finalists and winners from the 2014 April PAD Challenge. 300 finalists, 30 winners. Click here to view the results. And then, share … Read more
It’s that time again: time for another poetic form challenge. And, as you may have guessed, we’ll focus on the terzanelle this time around. Click here to read the guidelines on writing … Read more
Please welcome Glenda Council Beall to the blog. She was inspired to write a guest post after reading Jeannine Hall Gailey’s post on poetry book reviews last month. I really enjoy the … Read more
Before we get into today’s prompt, be sure to check out my first year as a traditionally published poetry author. In the post, I share things that I think I did right, … Read more
My debut full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, was released by Press 53 last September. I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what has happened since then … Read more
What do you get when you mix two super popular Italian poetic forms, specifically the terza rima and villanelle? The terzanelle, of course! It combines the lyricism of the terza rima with … Read more
I’m on vacation this week, which means I’ve been trying to stay as far away from the computer as I can most of the time. Mostly, I’ve just been messing around in … Read more
It’s that time of year again. The new 2015 Poet’s Market is hitting bookshelves, which means it’s time for me to start figuring out the 2016 Poet’s Market–and I need your help! … Read more
Quick note on the April Poetry Challenge results: We are just three days short of having all 30 days reported. Hopefully, we’ll finish it up between now and the next prompt. Want … Read more
Please join me in welcoming Rosemary Rhodes Royston to Poetic Asides. I first met Rosemary at a writing workshop in North Carolina, so I’ll take all credit for her debut chapbook, Splitting … Read more
How appropriate that today’s post took a while to get on the site. I had already planned on providing an update on the 2014 April PAD Challenge results. They’re coming, and I … Read more
Please welcome Megan Volpert to the Poetic Asides blog! I met Megan earlier this year in Austin as we were both National Feature Poets for the Austin International Poetry Festival and from … Read more
If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my announcement of the 2015 Poet’s Market. (Click here.) For this week’s prompt, write a news poem. When I’m really in a creative … Read more
When I started writing poetry more than 20 years ago, I didn’t have ambitions of publication or poetic greatness, but I did have a target audience: originally, a girl to impress. Later … Read more
Please welcome Todd Davis to the Poetic Asides blog. He’s authored and edited 13 books, including the poetry collection In the Kingdom of the Ditch. Davis teaches creative writing, American literature, and … Read more
For this week’s prompt, write an upside down poem. Of course, the poem could be about something (or someone) being physically turned upside down, but it could also be a symbolic reversal … Read more
I would ask readers to welcome Laurie Kolp, but most of you already know her as a long-time part of the Poetic Asides community. She’s placed in a few of the WD … Read more
Please welcome the incredible Jeannine Hall Gailey to the blog! She’s going to cover a topic that I don’t feel gets enough coverage: poetry book reviews. I’m enjoying the guest posts on … Read more
If you missed it, I released a list of 50 poetic forms on Monday. Find the usual suspects (like the sestina and haiku) sprinkled with the unusual suspects (like the paradelle and … Read more
I’m in the middle of putting together my list of poetic forms to cover in the 2015 issues of Writer’s Digest magazine, and it prompted me to take a look at what … Read more
Earlier this week, I hinted it was coming, and here it is: the next WD Poetic Form Challenge. Of course, we’ll be writing the madrigal, specifically the English madrigal, for this challenge. … Read more
Earlier this month, Daniel Roessler shared a three-part series on nature and poetry. I’m hoping to continue sharing both guest posts on various topics on Thursdays (missed last week because of illness … Read more
There are only a few constants in my life: One of them is that I know I’ll share a prompt and poem on Wednesdays. I hope everyone is ready to let loose … Read more
The madrigal originated as an Italian form, actually as a pastoral song. The Italian madrigal is written in lines of either seven or 11 syllables and is comprised of two or three … Read more
Thank you for all the golden shovels this summer! With more than 700 comments, I felt like I had to “dig out” of a pile of golden shovel amazing-ness. This form seemed … Read more