Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

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Amy MacLennan

Amy MacLennan: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming poet Amy MacLennan to the Poetic Asides blog! Amy MacLennan’s first full-length collection The Body, A Tree was published earlier this year by MoonPath Press. Her work has been published in Cimarron Review, Cloudbank, Connotation Press, Folio, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Linebreak, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pirene’s Fountain, Poet’s Market, Rattle,...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 364

For today’s prompt, write a “let the good times roll” poem. I’ll allow each poet to put the emPHAsis where they wish in that phrase. Focus on the “good times” or play around with the concept of “rolling.” However you roll, I’m cool with it. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haiku Sonnet

I’m hoping to announce the winners of the byr a thoddaid challenge next week, but in the meantime, let’s get started on the next challenge: writing the haiku sonnet! Find the rules for writing haiku sonnets here. It’s basically four haiku and a couplet comprised of 7-syllable lines. So start writing them and sharing...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 363

For today’s prompt, write a flight poem. So that could be a poem about flying, like riding on an airplane, hot air balloon, zeppelin, helicopter, umbrella, hippogriff, etc. Or there’s the whole “fight or flight” scenario. Or there’s the whole metaphor of “flying” through stuff. Fly through this poem however you see fit. *****...

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Publish Your Poetry With the 2017 Poet’s Market!

This is one of my favorite posts to do each year: to announce the updated edition of another Poet’s Market! Poet’s Market 2017 is the 30th edition in the annual series, and the 8th edition under my watch. As with all previous editions of Poet’s Market, my goal was pretty simple: Make this the...

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Dizain: Poetic Form

As you may have noticed, I’m making an attempt to start covering even more poetic forms than I’ve done up to this point on the blog. Instead of a new form every month or two, we’re going to start checking out a new form every week or two. Dizain Poems The dizain gets us...

Dustin Grinnell

Secrets of the Self-Employed: Tips for Freelance Writers

Here’s a guest post from Dustin Grinnell, who shares tips from a veteran contractor that apply to freelance writers as well. If you have a great idea and would like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 362

For today’s prompt, write a poem that captures a moment from a movie or book. You can include a hint in the title of the poem, let other readers know outright, or leave the poem as a standalone moment that some people will “get”–and that others just won’t. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t...

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Haiku Sonnet: Poetic Form

We’re getting close to open submissions season for many college-affiliated literary journals. I haven’t submitted much since early spring, but I did receive a few nice and personalized rejections–the kind that let me know I was super close…just not close enough. And so, it’s time to get back to sending my work out, but...

Matt Press

13 Copywriting Tips to Help You Write a Better Novel

Here’s a guest post that shares copywriting tips that can help with writing a novel by Matt Press, an experienced copywriter. If you have a great idea and would like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 361

For today’s prompt, write an uplifting poem. This could be a poem that lifts the soul, but also, I’ll take any poems about physically lifting people and things as well (sky lifts, lifting weights, lifting children, etc). If you can do both (or find another interpretation), I you’ll share it below. ***** Re-create Your...

Kristina Marie Darling

Kristina Marie Darling: Poet Interview

Believe it or not, it’s been more than a year since our last interview with Kristina Marie Darling, who I consider one of the hardest working poets in the world. For those who are new to her… Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over 20 books of poetry, most recently Dark Horse (C&R...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ovillejo Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the ovillejo. More than 30 poems made the original cut before I was able to get it down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner. Read all the ovillejo poems in the comments here. Here is the winner: Painting the Lake,...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Byr a Thoddaid

A new poetic form, a new challenge. Let’s take on the byr a thoddaid this time around. Find the rules for byr a thoddaid poems here. It can be as concise as four lines or go on for quite a time. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post)...

Karen Sargent

The Query Process: I Want Off This Ride!

Here’s a guest post about the wild ride of the query process from “pre-published” author Karen Sargent. If you have a great idea and would like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules. ***** Eight seconds. That’s...

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Byr a Thoddaid: Poetic Form

I’m excited! This week, we sent the 2017 Poet’s Market to the printer! That means a couple things: First, you can pre-order a copy now (click to continue); Second, I’ve got the time to post more now, including a new form today, a new challenge tomorrow, and a lot more next week. Woo-hoo! Also,...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 360

For today’s prompt, pick a word–and only one word–you might use to get someone’s attention; make that word the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: “Hey,” “Stop,” “Fire,” “Surrender,” “Attention,” “Wait,” and so on. For our house, the word “bacon” often does the trick. ***** Re-create Your...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 359

For today’s prompt, write an uncontrollable poem. Originally, I was thinking of situations that happen in which no one has control–things like earthquakes, storms, and singing along to catchy songs. But then, there are so many other daily things in which many feel they have no control. Some may rage against that feeling; others...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 358

For today’s prompt, write a distance poem. The poem could be about the distance between two people or several objects. It could be about someone going the distance in an athletic event or adventure. Long distance phone calls, distant messages from beyond, and distant relatives–they’re all fair game. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 357

For today’s prompt, write a bigger poem. I’ve been reading Dahl’s BFG (Big Friendly Giant) to the kids at night in anticipation of the movie; on the 4th, we watched Jaws (“gonna need a bigger boat”); and I’ve been to Texas a few times (everything’s supposed to be bigger in Texas, right?). Anyway, sometimes...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 356

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Getting (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include “Getting There,” “Getting Paid,” “Getting What I Want,” and so on. Of course, I won’t say anything if poets decide...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 355

For today’s prompt, write a cravings poem. The poem could be an ode to cake, fudge, or cheese. Personally, I woke up this morning with a craving for cream soda. But cravings can go well beyond food into the realms of activities, objects, and people (as well as a combination of all of the...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Magic 9 Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the magic 9. More than 50 poems made the original cut, then 22 made the next cut, so it was once again a (good) challenge getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner. Read all the magic 9 poems in...

KM Barkley

8 Reasons Why Poetry Is Good for the Soul

Here’s a guest post from KM Barkley, a writing coach and editor from Lexington, Kentucky, in which he shares his eight reasons why poetry is good for the soul. If you have an idea for a guest post too, just send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Poetic Asides Guest Post. *****...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 354

A little later with the prompt than usual today. Been volunteering in the mornings this week and just ran out of time before I had to be out the door. For today’s prompt, write an assembly poem. An assembly poem could be about a meeting (an assembly of people). Or an assembly poem could...