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Robert Lee Brewer

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Interlocking Rubaiyat

Once again, it is time for the WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, we’re focused on the interlocking rubaiyat. Find the rules for the interlocking rubaiyat by clicking here. It’s an interesting form that revolves around quatrains with a specific rhyme scheme. (My favorite Robert Frost poem is actually written...

Interlocking Rubaiyat: Poetic Form

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a poetic form on here. And strange as it seems, this form has been hiding under my nose for years without me even realizing it. Of course, I’m speaking of interlocking rubaiyat, sometimes referred to as rubai. I’ve long been familiar with the 12th-century...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 335

Happy New Year! Believe it or not, this is the first Wednesday Poetry Prompt of 2016! Before we look at the prompt though, I wanted to share three poems that were published in issue two of By&By Poetry on January 1 (click to read the poems). They’re all quickies; that is,...

Linebreak: Monday Market Spotlight

I have a few favorite online-only poetry publications. One of the more unique publications is this week’s spotlight market: Linebreak. Linebreak: Monday Market Spotlight What’s so special about Linebreak? Well, hey, any place that publishes poetry is special in my book, but what makes Linebreak stand out, I guess, is their...

2015 April PAD Challenge: List of Finalists

Note: This is not a list of the final results. That post is currently incomplete, but it can be found here (updated as results are finalized). Rather, this is a list of every finalist from the 2015 April PAD Challenge. I do have a complete list of finalists, but since the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 334

Before we get into the prompt today, I just want to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year. I’m looking forward to what 2016 has to offer. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Seeking (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 333

For today’s prompt, write an exhaustion poem. Luckily, I set my prompts for the rest of the year a while back, because today I really have been exhausted (two naps already). But don’t leave exhaustion to sleepiness; there’s also exhausting all your options and car exhaust. And I’m sure something else....

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 332

For today’s prompt, write a standard poem. Standard poem could mean the “same old poem,” I suppose, but it could also mean the “gold standard.” It could be a poem about standard procedures or having standards (in work, relationships, social media, poeming, etc.). Or maybe your idea of standard is that...

Poetry: A Natural Lifesaver

Here’s the second installment of Sasha A. Palmer’s guest post series. Read the first on the poet’s brain here. Sasha A. Palmer (aka Happy) is a regular around these parts, and she writes for a living and pleasure. She shares quick writing links every Thursday at www.sashaapalmer.com and blogs at www.thehappyamateur.com....

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 331

For today’s prompt, write a pushy poem. Maybe there’s a character in the poem who’s a little pushy, or maybe the poem is about pushing buttons or pushing people to do things. Or maybe the poem itself is a little pushy. Even animals can get pushy with other animals. ***** Re-create...

A Poet’s Brain: “It’s Alive!”

Today’s post comes from Sasha A. Palmer (aka Happy). Sasha is a regular around these parts, and she writes for a living and pleasure. She shares quick writing links every Thursday at www.sashaapalmer.com and blogs at www.thehappyamateur.com. This is actually a 2-part post. Look for the second part at the end...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Minute Poem Results

With the next poetic form challenge just around the corner, here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the minute poem. Nearly 30 poems made the original cut, so it was difficult getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner, but here we are. Read...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 330

Here we are again: On a Wednesday in a month not named April or November. Must be poeming time! For today’s prompt, write a shopping poem. I’ve been doing a lot of the “traditional” shopping lately with a bunch of big family dinners and such, but remember: People shop for husbands,...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Okay, here are the next steps for this challenge. Before you dive into them, click here to read the original guidelines for the challenge. Step One: Write the Poems We accomplished this step during the month of November. We have 30 prompts to prove it. Step Two: Revise the Poems This...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Well, here we are. Crazy as it seems (to me anyway), we’re on the final day of the writing part of this challenge. I’ll post a Next Steps post tomorrow, but you can use the next few weeks to collect and revise your poems into a collection. More details tomorrow. For...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Yesterday, the poetry publication Rattle shared a poem, “One of Those Topics I Shouldn’t Talk About,” by my wife that they’d published years ago. It was a pleasant surprise and a good read. So I’m sharing it here for anyone who’s interested in reading. Click to read. For today’s prompt, write...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

Whew! The final three days! Where has this month gone? For today’s prompt, take the phrase “It Was a (blank) and (blank) Night,” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “It Was a...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

I’ll admit it. I feel like I’m limping to the finish line with my experiment to write a story in verse. Some of the prompts kept me moving in a straight line, but I’ve been twisted around a bit the past week or so. Oh well, I’ve got plenty of stuff...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

In this part of the world, it’s Thanksgiving. So happy Thanksgiving! For today’s prompt, write a luxury poem. To tell you the truth, I’m not even sure how I’m coming at this prompt just yet. But luxury can be a good thing for people who experience, though also a bad thing....

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, write an echo poem. This could be a poem with a refrain, or a poem that echoes another poem (or poems) written earlier in the month. A remix poem, if you will. Or it could be about the process of echoes, echo location, or any other spin you...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

For experienced PAD challengers, today’s final “Two for Tuesday” prompt was likely easy to guess: Write a love poem. Write an anti-love poem. Your choice. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, write an apology poem. I’m sorry, but I don’t have anything to add to what this type of poem might entail. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Waiting for (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: “Waiting for the Weekend,” “Waiting for People to Recognize My Genius,” and/or “Waiting for the New...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

For today’s prompt, write a strange poem. What is strange to one person may be completely normal to another and vice versa. So get strange, which may be normal, or be normal, which may be strange. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done...