Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

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January Gill O'Neil

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

Wow! Once we finish today’s prompt/poem, we’ll be a week into the challenge. Excellent! If you missed it earlier or need a refresher, click here to check out the April PAD Challenge guidelines. For today’s prompt, write a self-portrait poem. Pretty straightforward, right? That doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of room for creativity....

Andrew Hudgins

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

Later this morning/early afternoon, Tammy and me will be returning home from the Austin International Poetry Festival (driving against the sun and through the night). If you’re interested in reading, here are a few links to my published poems (after they’ve made it past first draft): 4 poems in Hobble Creek Review. 3 poems...

Patricia Fargnoli

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

I’m glad you’ve made it over today. Over the years, the weekend has been a time when some poets fall behind in keeping the daily poetic pace (though it’s totally cool if you’re getting caught up on Monday morning). I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet, but I actually have a little challenge going...

Vince Gotera

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

I hope you’re having a great time poeming so far. It’s been fun for me, and speaking of fun, I just recently learned about an article on Mashable that listed me and more than 30 other “gifted poets” on Twitter. It’s a nice starter list, though there are so many others who are worth...

Shaindel Beers

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

Day 3 is traditionally one of those make it or break it days for poets. After all, it’s easy to show up for a couple dates, but it takes real commitment to keep coming back. You’re here, so I think you’ve got what it takes. Let the poems hit the floor! For today’s prompt,...

Neil Aitken

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Tammy and me are heading to Austin, Texas, this morning for the Austin International Poetry Festival. If you’re in the Austin area, I hope you’ll get out for some poeming fun. Speaking of poeming (and fun), here’s today’s prompt… For today’s prompt, write a voyage poem. In my case, we’ll be driving along the...

Traci Brimhall

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Here we are. It’s been less than a month since the initial guidelines post for the 7th annual Poetic Asides April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge, but it feels like years. I’ve been so excited to get poeming. Let’s do it! As luck would have it, today is a Tuesday, which means we’re facing a “Two-for-Tuesday”...

Robert Lee Brewer

2014 April PAD Challenge: FAQs (and Tips)

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 1. Tomorrow is the day that all the poeming begins. Roll up your sleeves, read some Neruda, drink a little wine–whatever you need to do to get in the zone. In the meantime, here are some frequently asked questions (with frequently given answers) and a few April poeming tips....

Ashley Marie Egan and Diana Terrill Clark

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 2. That means tomorrow is one, and then, all bets are off. Come on, clock, tick faster! As many of you know, I’ve been featuring interviews with the poets who wrote poems in my Top 25 list for the 2013 April PAD Challenge. Unfortunately, there were two interviews that I...

Tracy Davidson: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 3. I’m starting to feel like that X-wing fighter guy from Star Wars: A New Hope: “Almost there…alllllmmmoooossst theeeerrrreeee…almost there…” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, that’s totally fine: Just know that we’re almost there–ready to poem away! Tracy Davidson lives in Warwickshire, England, and enjoys writing poetry...

Deborah Purdy: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 4. Yes, I’m excited–so excited–and I just can’t hide it. As a quick FYI, we now have 29 confirmed guest judges. I hope to have the list finalized by Monday. View who’s already on board here. Deborah Purdy lives in Pennsylvania where she writes poetry and creates fiber art....

Sally Valentine

Sally Valentine: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 5. We’re getting so very close to the beginning of this year’s challenge. I hope your pencils are sharpened, your paper is uncrumpled, and your mind is open to the world around you–or something like that (I have 5 kids; so I know it’s not always that idyllic). Sally...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 260

This is the final Wednesday Poetry Prompt before the 2014 April PAD Challenge. By the way, have you seen the big (breaking) news about the April challenge? We’re going to have a guest judge for each day of the challenge! Click here to read about it. For today’s prompt, write an excited poem. Of...

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2014 April PAD Challenge: Guest Judges

That’s right; I said guest judges! The list is now finalized for our guest judges for the 2014 April PAD Challenge! Have fun learning more about this impressive list of line breakers that would make a very formidable reading list on their lonesome. I’d like to thank each and every one of them for...

Linda Simoni-Wastila

Linda Simoni-Wastila: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 6. I hope you’re getting excited, because I am! Linda Simoni-Wastila writes from Baltimore, where she also professes, mothers, and gives a damn. You can find her poems and prose at Smokelong Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, Scissors and Spackle, MiCrow, The Sun, Blue Five Notebook, The Poet’s Market 2013, Hoot, Connotation...

George Smith

George Smith: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 7. Speaking of the April PAD Challenge, there’s some great news on the way. I’m still getting everything finalized, but we’re going to make the challenge fun times infinity. Speaking of fun, click here to check out an analysis of my “cold water” poem by the Retail MFAer. Fun...

Deri Ross Pryor

Deri Pryor: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 8. I’m always surprised by just how close we all are–often without knowing it. For instance, I drive up and down I-75 at least once a month, often stopping at the Richmond, Kentucky, exit 87. Little did I know, one of our Top 25 poets actually lives there. Deri...

Alana Sherman

Alana Sherman: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 9. I don’t know about you, but I love learning about other poets, especially the poets who hang out at the Poetic Asides blog. Alana Sherman, poet and teacher, lives in Woodbourne, NY, with her husband and dogs in an 1834 farmhouse, under constant renovation (sort of like her...

Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker: Poet Interview

As many of you know, the 2014 April PAD Challenge is just around the corner. Over the past few months, I’ve been sharing poet interviews with some of the Top 25 poets from the 2013 April PAD Challenge, but I wanted to save a few to do a kind of April PAD Challenge countdown–that’s...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Triversen

We’re going to try and get a WD Poetic Form Challenge going leading into the 2014 April PAD Challenge! This time around, we’ll be writing triversen, an 18-line poetic form developed by William Carlos Williams. Compared to many previous poetic forms, the triversen seems pretty “free,” but it’s not without rules. Click here to...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 259

For today’s prompt, write a poem from inside another person’s skin. Sound icky? Well, I’m talking more like metaphorically. For instance, pretend to write a poem from the perspective of Walt Whitman, Amelia Earhart, or that strange looking guy on the bus. Use this prompt to get outside of your own persona and into...

Robert Lee Brewer

Triversen: Poetic Form

I found references to the triversen this week in both online and print resources. It’s a fun poetic form developed by William Carlos Williams (one of my favorite poets–able to write both the concise, “The Red Wheelbarrow,” and the epic, Paterson). I like this form because of its flexibility. Here are the triversen rules:...

Jane Shlensky

Jane Shlensky: Poet Interview

Jane Shlensky likely doesn’t need an introduction on the Poetic Asides blog, but I’m going to give her one anyway, because she deserves it. Not only is Jane a fine poet (read her Top 10 sijo here), but she’s also one of the “encouragers” on this blog. Jane is also part of a faction...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sijo Winner

Well, well, well. I had a lot of fun reading through all the sijo entries. Last time I checked, there were 606 comments. Not all of those were poems, of course. So I “only” read maybe 300-ish sijo, right? But I’m not complaining; it was a lot of fun–and even prompted me to start...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 258

A little later with the prompt today, but that’s only because I’m shaking off a poetry hangover from last night in Hickory, North Carolina. Happy to report that I met long-time Poetic Asides person, Alessa (or AC) Leming last night. Plus, a few other familiar names in Scott Owens and Helen Losse–and many, many...