Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

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Bowery Poetry Club: Poetry Spotlight

Last week, I highlighted Poetry Slam Inc., in an attempt to share some slam poetry. This week that continues as I spotlight the Bowery Poetry Club. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: Poetry Spotlight Idea. ***** Order the Poet’s...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 399

For today’s prompt, write a betrayal poem. Many people may be able to conjure up several moments when one person betrayed another–both in real life and fiction. But sometimes our bodies betray us, our words betray us, and well, sometimes we sabotage (or betray) ourselves. ***** Order the Current Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s...

Why I Write Poetry: J.lynn Sheridan

A couple weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in. Thank you! Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from J.lynn Sheridan. J.lynn Sheridan writes in the...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Curtal Sonnet

I should be able to share some recent challenge winners soon, but there’s no reason we can’t jump into the next WD Poetic Form Challenge–this time for the curtal sonnet! Find the rules for writing curtal sonnets here. Just when you think it’s safe to assume all sonnets have 14 lines along comes the...

Poetry Slam Inc: Poetry Spotlight

One of the great strengths of poetry is its diversity, but I admit that I don’t give quite enough attention to slam poetry. That changes today as I spotlight Poetry Slam Inc. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: Poetry...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 398

For today’s prompt, write a bug poem. My first thought was bug in the sense of an insect, but there are other meanings as well. For instance, spies may bug a room with small microphones. Or one person may bug (or annoy) another person by not touching them while just barely not touching them....

Why I Write Poetry: Nurit Israeli

Last week, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received several, and I hope they keep coming in. Thank you! Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Nurit Israeli. Nurit Israeli holds a doctorate in psychology from...

Huitain: Poetic Form

Recently, I covered ae freislighe, after neglecting Irish forms a bit too long. This time around, I’m getting back to my French form roots with the huitain! Huitain Poems If you know me, you know I love the French poetic forms. The huitain is actually a derivative of the French ballade. In fact, it...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 397

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Land of (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 include: “Land of Milk and Honey,” “Land of a Thousand Words,” “Land of Forgotten Heroes,” and/or “Land of One Million Doughnuts.”...

Why I Write Poetry: Robert Lee Brewer

Recently, I got to thinking about the types of answers I like to hear in poet interviews and one that I always love is along the lines of “Why I Write Poetry.” As a result, I thought it’d be cool to start up a guest post series on just that topic. Sooo…if you’d like...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 396

For today’s prompt, write a historical persona poem. This means to write a poem in the voice of someone from history. Could be ancient history or somewhat recent history, but it shouldn’t be the future (though I suppose you could write one of those for extra credit). Not a requirement, but consider using the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 395

For today’s prompt, write a snap judgment poem. Some decisions (many decisions) are made without much thought; these are snap judgments. Sometimes these quick decisions lead to good outcomes; sometimes bad; but we all make them for big reasons and small. ***** Order the Current Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert...

10 Best Poetry Podcasts for Poets

For a little over a year now, I’ve been a co-host of the WritersMarket.com podcast with Brian A. Klems (listen here). While we cover business and marketing topics for writers, I want to share some of the best poetry podcasts for poets of which I’m aware (in no particular order). If you have a...

Ae Freislighe: Poetic Form

I’ve covered so many poetic forms over the years, but still have somehow neglected the Irish forms. So let’s finish out May with the ae freislighe! Ae Freislighe Poems I think part of the reason I’ve avoided Irish forms is that the rhymes can be so intense, and that’s definitely the case with the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 394

Earlier this week, my car broke down around Lexington, Kentucky. So I spent the night in an unexpected place while my car got repaired by a nice mechanic named Tony, who owns Tony’s Automotive Repair. For today’s prompt, write a repair poem. Could be about repairing a car or a bike, sure, but there...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 393

For today’s prompt, write a pieces poem. For instance, you could write about picking up the pieces (after a broken relationship), putting together puzzle pieces, eating Reese’s Pieces; or pay tribute to this Janis Joplin song. Piece your poem together however works best for you. ***** Order the Current Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rimas Dissolutas

It’s been a while, so let’s get another WD Poetic Form Challenge going–this time for rimas dissolutas! Find the rules for writing rimas dissolutas here. This French form rhymes, but not in the normal way most poets would expect. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a...

Cyrch A Chwta: Poetic Form

Wow! So it’s been almost two months since the last form I’ve covered. So let’s jump right into today’s form: cyrch a chwta! Cyrch A Chwta Poems As you might guess from the name, cyrch a chwta is a Welsh poetic form. And like many Welsh forms, this poem involves both end rhymes and...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 392

For today’s prompt, write a forever poem. There are a lot of different ways to come at forever. After all, some folks think diamonds are forever; while others think of Forever stamps (in the U.S. anyway); and still one or two folks like myself might think of this Paula Abdul song. ***** Order the...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Diminishing Verse Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for diminishing verse. There were a lot of great poems, but only 10 can be finalists and just one can win. Read all the diminishing verse here. Here is the winner: A Clearing in the Woods, by William Preston Here, chickadees attired in...

How to Get Blurbs for Your Poetry Collection

So I’ve actually covered getting blurbs previously–a few years back when my debut collection, Solving the World’s Problems, was released. In that post, I wrote about securing blurbs for a poetry collection, but I think there’s more that could’ve been covered. So here we are. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s...

The Robert Frost Farm: Poetry Spotlight

Getting back to the poetry spotlights, I’m using a place recommended by a Poetic Asides reader: The Robert Frost Farm. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: Poetry Spotlight Idea. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 391

No matter how many times we do it, I still have a bit of an adjustment period after going from a poem-a-day to a poem-a-week. For today’s prompt, write a reconnect poem. Throughout history, people have gone through the process of reconnecting–from soldiers coming back from war to former students having reunions. Plus, there...

Penny Candy Books: Poetry Publisher Interview

Trying something new this week. Instead of interviewing a poet, I’ve interviewed the founders of Penny Candy Books, which publishes children’s books, including poetry. Specifically, this interview features Alexis Orgera and Chad Reynolds. Click here to learn more. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after...