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Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

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Bref Double: Poetic Form

Robert Lee Brewer

I’ve always been an admirer of French poetic forms, and I’m really digging the unusual flexibility offered with the bref double. It’s a quatorzain, which is any stanza or poem of 14 … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

Robert Lee Brewer

Whew! What a poetry challenge! Here are some raw numbers: 30 days 35 prompts (including 5 “Two for Tuesday” prompts) 21,515 comments (and counting) 30 guest judges 1 amazing month! So, what’s … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Jillian Weise

Ack! Today is the final day of the challenge! For people catching up, I’m giving a 5-day buffer between each day’s prompt–so the cut-off will be 11:59 p.m. on May 5 (Atlanta, … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Adam Fitzgerald

Here’s a quick behind the scenes of the April PAD Challenge: I always get the prompts set in stone before the month begins. There are a couple reasons for this, though the … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Triversen Winner

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Another poetic form challenge, another round of great reading–and tough decisions! The problem with these form challenges is not finding 10 great poems, but limiting it to 10–and then, choosing a winner. … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

Sandra Beasley (credit: Matthew Worden)

Note: Today is the final day to sign up for a special poetry boot camp with Daniel Nester. Learn how to free up your creativity with this special event. Click to continue. … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Jeannine Hall Gailey

I hope everyone’s having a great time with the challenge; I know I am! But I’m already looking ahead to what’s happening on the blog in May and beyond. I’ve interviewed more … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Amy King

Poetry is so much bigger than any one poet, genre of poetry, or school. It’s also bigger than any one blog or website. So I want to share a few of my … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

Erica Wright

There have been two new (really cool) developments in the April PAD Challenge this year: the guest judges and the anthology. Speaking of the anthology, there is a pre-order deal for 20% … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

Kristina Marie Darling

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day! My choice for a poem today is “The Problem Is With Semantics,” by Tammy Foster Brewer (yes, my wife!). If you want to learn more about … Read more

The Pros and Cons of Publishing With a Small Publisher

Have fun getting wordy in June!

BY ROBERT LEE BREWER So what are the pros and cons of publishing with a small press, and what should you expect if you decide to give it a go? Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

Erika Meitner

I’ve been having a wonderful April, and I hope you have too. Counting this morning’s poem, I think I’ve already written more than 30 poems this month (not all of my writing … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

Lawrence Schimel

A few people have sent me e-mail messages asking if I’m going to favor this type of poem or that type of poem; if I’m looking for this kind of poet or … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

Deborah Ager

Before we get started today, I just want to take a moment to thank all our guest judges for volunteering their time, energy, and talents to this year’s April PAD Challenge. Be … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

Scott Owens

I’ve been playing with forms a little this month. It’s something I do when I start to feel a little stuck in my writing. Imposing rules–oddly enough–seems to free me up a … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

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At the beginning of the challenge, there’s a lot of excitement about starting; at the end of the challenge, there’s excitement (and sadness) over finishing the challenge; but in the middle, it’s … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

Nin Andrews

One of the cool things I was asked to do already this year is to be a guest judge at the InterBoard Poetry Community for the first three months of the year. … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

Mary Biddinger

Yesterday afternoon, I posted about the value of poetry (at least in my eyes). Spoiler alert: It’s more than just publication credits and rolling around in hundred dollar bills. In fact, it … Read more

What Is the Value of Poetry?

Robert Lee Brewer

In the opening poem (“matters of great importance”) of my collection, Solving the World’s Problems, I ask a simple question: what’s more important / writing a poem / or building a bridge… … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

Bob Hicok

I can’t help it. Days 15 and 16 of these challenges always gets a certain song stuck in my head. You know, this song by an American rock band from New Jersey … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Barbara Hamby

Want to learn more about me than you thought you could possibly handle in one interview? Great! One of my favorite poets, Nin Andrews, interviewed me over on the Best American Poetry … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Jericho Brown

Yesterday, I mentioned how guest judges Daniel Nester and Vince Gotera suggested possible poetry prompts. Well, today’s guest judge, Jericho Brown, is only one who requested a specific day to be a … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

Daniel Nester

I often come up with prompts for my weekly Wednesday Poetry Prompts on the fly. However, I try to get all my prompts for the monthly challenges set before the month starts–to … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Victoria Chang

Wow! What a turnout this year for the poetry challenge! Chances are pretty good that by the end of the weekend, we’ll have more than 10,000 comments on the prompts–with a chance … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Joseph Mills

One of the refrains from the Austin International Poetry Festival was, “Buy the book!” During poetry month, it’s not a bad refrain. In that vein, I want to remind people about pre-orders … Read more

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