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Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

About Robert Lee Brewer

Senior Content Editor, Writer's Digest Community.

Laurie Kolp: Poet Interview

Upon the Blue Couch, by Laurie Kolp.

I would ask readers to welcome Laurie Kolp, but most of you already know her as a long-time part of the Poetic Asides community. She’s placed in a few of the WD … Read more

Reviewing Poetry Books: Why Does It Matter?

Jeannine Hall Gailey

Please welcome the incredible Jeannine Hall Gailey to the blog! She’s going to cover a topic that I don’t feel gets enough coverage: poetry book reviews. I’m enjoying the guest posts on … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 274

Robert Lee Brewer

If you missed it, I released a list of 50 poetic forms on Monday. Find the usual suspects (like the sestina and haiku) sprinkled with the unusual suspects (like the paradelle and … Read more

List of 50 Poetic Forms for Poets

Robert Lee Brewer

I’m in the middle of putting together my list of poetic forms to cover in the 2015 issues of Writer’s Digest magazine, and it prompted me to take a look at what … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Madrigal

Robert Lee Brewer

Earlier this week, I hinted it was coming, and here it is: the next WD Poetic Form Challenge. Of course, we’ll be writing the madrigal, specifically the English madrigal, for this challenge. … Read more

Writing the Urban Sketch

Ian Chandler

Earlier this month, Daniel Roessler shared a three-part series on nature and poetry. I’m hoping to continue sharing both guest posts on various topics on Thursdays (missed last week because of illness … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 273

Robert Lee Brewer

There are only a few constants in my life: One of them is that I know I’ll share a prompt and poem on Wednesdays. I hope everyone is ready to let loose … Read more

Madrigal: Poetic Form

Robert Lee Brewer

The madrigal originated as an Italian form, actually as a pastoral song. The Italian madrigal is written in lines of either seven or 11 syllables and is comprised of two or three … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Golden Shovel Winner

Robert Lee Brewer

Thank you for all the golden shovels this summer! With more than 700 comments, I felt like I had to “dig out” of a pile of golden shovel amazing-ness. This form seemed … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 272

Robert Lee Brewer

I’m a little under the weather today, but that won’t stop me from poeming. In fact, I’ll use it as inspiration for this week’s prompt. For this week’s prompt, write a tough … Read more

Scaling in Nature Poetry

Daniel Roessler

This is the final installment of a three-part series on nature and poetry by guest Daniel Roessler. If you’d like the opportunity to be a guest on this blog, send your ideas … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 271

Robert Lee Brewer

Before we get to the prompt this week, a few things: first, don’t forget to write a golden shovel (or three) for the latest WD Poetic Form Challenge (click here for guidelines); … Read more

Relating Nature to Human, Social, and Urban Themes

Daniel Roessler

This is part two of a three-part series on nature and poetry by guest Daniel Roessler. If you’d like the opportunity to be a guest on this blog, send your ideas (and … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 270

Robert Lee Brewer

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “Blame (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Final Results

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(UPDATE: All the winners and finalists have been announced!) First off, the final results are not yet finalized for all the days. That’s my fault. While I secured guest judges, I alone … Read more

Contemplating Nature’s Changing Role in Poetry

Daniel Roessler

Thursdays will be guest post days going forward on the Poetic Asides blog. Daniel Roessler will kick things off for the guest posts with a three-part series on nature. The other two … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 269

Robert Lee Brewer

Non-poetry announcement: The Brewer family moved into a house this past weekend. After years of cluttering up an apartment, we made the decision in late-April to start searching and–bam!–just like that we … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Golden Shovel

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Let’s get the next Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge kicked into high gear. As you’ve probably already deduced, we’re going to write golden shovels this time around. Click here to read the … Read more

Jason Tandon: Poet Interview

Jason Tandon

Please welcome Jason Tandon to the Poetic Asides blog! Jason Tandon is the author of three collections of poetry including, Quality of Life (Black Lawrence, 2013) and Give over the Heckler and … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 268

Robert Lee Brewer

In case you missed it, I have another poem posted at Kind Over Matter (they accepted three poems a while back–so a third one will go live sometime in the future too). … Read more

Golden Shovel: Poetic Form

Robert Lee Brewer

Earlier this year, I came across a mention of the “golden shovel” form created by Terrance Hayes and made a note to check it out. I’m so happy I did, because it’s … Read more

Judith Skillman: Poet Interview

Judith Skillman

Please welcome Judith Skillman to the Poetic Asides blog! Judith Skillman is the author of fourteen collections of poetry. Her latest book is Broken Lines—The Art & Craft of Poetry, Lummox Press. … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 267

Robert Lee Brewer

For this week’s prompt, write a TV-inspired poem. It can be a poem about a game show, talk show, news show, or an entertaining series. The poem can be about commercials, remote … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Bref Double Winner

Robert Lee Brewer

Thank you for all the bref doubles earlier this spring! They were a lot of fun to read–and I’ve been having fun trying to write some more on the side. Something about … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 266

Robert Lee Brewer

If you haven’t seen it, I had a poem published over at Kind Over Matter this past weekend. Click here to read it. For this week’s prompt, write a poem of industry. … Read more

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