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Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer
Never heard of nonet poems? That’s all right. I’d never heard of them before trying to hunt down a new poetic form to cover earlier this week. Nonet Poems: The Rules The … Read more
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “This Is What (Blank) Looks Like,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write … Read more
For this week’s prompt, write a patriotic poem. Whether you live in the United States or any other country, write a poem that pays tribute to your country. Or if you’re not feeling … Read more
For this week’s prompt, write a good vs. evil poem. If that doesn’t appeal to your writing sensibilities, then make it a dog vs. cat poem or humanity vs. aliens poem. Pit … Read more
I’ve come to realize one thing over the past week or so: I really like the luc bat form. It offers such an off-beat way to turn rhymes while still providing enough … Read more
For this week’s prompt, write a straight line poem (yes, I’m playing off a 180-degree angle for the 180th Wednesday Poetry Prompt). There are several ways to tackle this prompt, including writing … Read more
It’s time for another poetic form challenge from Writer’s Digest. This time around, we’ll be tackling luc bat poems, which are poems of alternating lines of 6 and 8 syllables with an … Read more
The luc bat is a Vietnamese poetic form that means “six-eight.” In fact, the poem consists of alternating lines of six and eight syllables. This poem is interesting in its rhyme scheme … Read more
Last night, I had the honor of leading a workshop and then reading poetry in Hickory, North Carolina, as part of Scott Owens’ Poetry Hickory reading series. Tammy read her poetry too. … Read more
I’ll have to be quick today, because I’m working Cub Scouts day camp all week. Speaking of camp… For this week’s prompt, write a camp-related poem. It can be about day camp, … Read more
For this week’s prompt, write a poem about something small. It could be a small baby, small town, or even a small gesture. Here’s my attempt: “Crick” Out back are bullfrogs and … Read more
This morning, I shaved my head. It’s something I have to do frequently in this Georgia heat (definitely not in Ohio anymore). So with less hair on my head, it didn’t take … Read more
As a father of five children who loves to read to them at night, I’ve learned a thing or two about which poems play best for kids. In fact, I’d say there are … Read more
For this week’s prompt, write a dessert poem. The poem can be titled as a dessert. The main characters could be eating or waiting for dessert. Or dessert could just be hinted … Read more
For this week’s prompt, change the title of a book (that you may or may not like), make that the title of your poem, and then write your poem. The poem doesn’t … Read more
One thing I really appreciate about poetry is that there are a vast array of poetry styles and poetry forms available to poets. While some are traditional rhyming poems (such as sonnets … Read more
Some of you may remember that I offered a challenge within the April PAD Challenge last month. I tasked poets with tackling the tanka poetic form, and many of you responded with … Read more
Wow! It feels like we just finished writing a lot of poems, but it’s Wednesday–so let’s poem one more time. For this week’s prompt, write a vacuum poem. Seems like every time … Read more
Whew! Sorry for the late start, but it was nice to finally sleep in a little. Now that we’ve poemed, I’m looking forward to the next step, which is where poets pick … Read more
Well, this is it. Crazy as it seems to me, we’ve somehow reached the finish line on yet another poem-a-day challenge. Please tune in tomorrow for a list of instructions on turning … Read more
For today’s prompt, take a favorite line or image from an earlier poem this month and re-work it into a new poem. This is a fun exercise that I’ve used to successfully … Read more
For today’s prompt, write a problem poem. The poem could be about a problem the narrator is suffering through, or someone else’s problem. Or a math problem. Here’s my attempt: “Still Burning” … Read more
Before today’s prompt, I just wanted to say thank you to Poetic Asides regular Cara Holman for featuring me on her Poet Showcase series. It’s really an honor, and I always feel … Read more
For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. The poem can be about an animal, just reference an animal, or well, however you’d like to handle writing an animal poem. Here’s my attempt: … Read more
For today’s prompt, write a poem about a sport. Pick any sport you want. And yes, feel free to bend and stretch the rules as far as you wish. Here’s my attempt: … Read more