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Robert Lee Brewer

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

For today’s prompt, write a description poem. Pick someone or something to describe. Get in depth, or just brush along the surface. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including listings for poetry publications, publishers, contests, and more! With names, contact...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

For today’s prompt, write a tragic poem. Two courses of action here: Write a poem that is heavy, or write a poem that is light. Or write a poem that could be heavy or light. For instance, a tragedy could be Shakespeare’s Hamlet or a bad hair day. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market!...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Call Me (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write the poem. Possible titles include: “Call Me Al,” “Call Me Crazy,” “Call Me Batman,” “Call Me at 3 O’clock in the Morning,” etc. ***** Order...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

For today’s prompt, we’re on our second two-for-Tuesday prompt. So pick one, combine both prompts into one poem, or write two (or more) different poems. Here are the prompts: Write a nothing will be the same poem. A poem about moment after which nothing will ever be the same, because everything will change. Or…...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

For today’s prompt, write an activity poem. Of course, the first activity that springs to my mind is writing poetry, but there are many other possible activities from which to choose: running, driving, folding clothes, tying knots, casting lines, dancing, sleeping, and so much more. Pick an activity and write it out. ***** Order...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

For today’s prompt, write a phobia poem. There are so many possible phobias from which to choose, including some of the more popular phobias like arachnophobia (fear of spiders), claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces), acrophobia (fear of heights), and coulrophobia (fear of clowns). Here’s a list of 200 common phobias. ***** Order the New...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

For today’s prompt, write a wire poem. A wire poem could be about something that needs wires–like maybe a robot, TV, or automobile. But birds huddle on telephone wires, people wire money to each other, and kids can get wired off of too much candy and/or caffeine. In fact, I’m surprised I haven’t written...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

For today’s prompt, write an imagined life poem. The imagined life could be your own, or imagining a life for someone else–like a person you see at the bus stop, grocery store, or library. If for yourself, the imagined life might be another possible parallel outcome or a possible future (for better or worse)....

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “If I’d Only (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write the poem. Possible titles include: “If I’d Only Asked Her Out,” “If I’d Only Gone Left Instead of Right,” “If I’d Only Taken That...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

For today’s prompt, write an animal spirit poem (or spirit animal poem). What I’m thinking is to make the title of the poem the animal and then write a poem as if you are that animal. Or look at ways you identify with that animal. Another possibility (if this is too New Age): Write...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Time to start another November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Let’s poem! For today’s prompt, we’ve actually got a two-for-Tuesday prompt. So pick one, combine both prompts into one poem, or write two (or more) different poems. Here are the prompts: Write a stay poem. A poem about staying put, not leaving, and/or dealing with someone...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Trimeric

With the 2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge set to start tomorrow, let’s open up one more WD Poetic Form Challenge–this time for the trimeric! Find the rules for writing trimerics here. It’s a fun poem with refrains and a lot of freedom from rhymes and counting syllables. So start writing them and sharing here...

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Trimeric: Poetic Form

Here’s one final poetic form before the November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Trimeric! Check back in December for more poetic forms. Trimeric Poems I’ve really been having fun trying out new (to me) poetic forms recently, but I think the trimeric may be one of my faves. Invented by Charles A. Stone, the rules are...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 373

For today’s prompt, write a card poem. This poem could be a greeting card poem, I guess. But there are so many other varieties of cards too, including business cards, credit cards, sports cards, playing cards, and the St. Louis Cards. When it comes to alcohol and tobacco, many folks get carded. Some people...

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Curtal Sonnet: Poetic Form

Let’s keep the pedal to the metal with the November PAD Chapbook Challenge just around the corner with today’s offering: Curtal sonnet! Curtal Sonnet Poems As with most poets, I once thought all sonnets had to run 14-lines and follow a rhyme scheme. If the study of poetry’s taught me anything for more than...

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Clogyrnach: Poetic Form

With the November PAD Chapbook Challenge just around the corner, I’m trying to cover a few more poetic forms than usual, including today’s offering: Clogyrnach! Clogyrnach Poems Besides being another fun form to say (like rimas dissolutas), clogyrnach is also a fun poem to write. This Welsh poetic form is typically a six-line syllabic...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 372

For today’s prompt, write a bulletin board poem. Or maybe a more modern version of this is the eraser board poem. That is, write a poem that might be tacked onto a bulletin board or scribbled on an eraser board or even magnetized to a refrigerator. Probably something short, something personal, maybe even timely....

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Rimas Dissolutas: Poetic Form

Here’s a new (to me) form that sounds like it’s a spell from the Harry Potter series of books: Rimas Dissolutas! Rimas Dissolutas Poems Popular with 12th and 13th century French poets, rimas dissolutas is a poem that rhymes and doesn’t rhyme. For instance, each stanza contains no end rhymes, but each line in...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

It’s time for another November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Over the years, many poets have contacted me to let me know of the successes they’ve found in publishing individual poems and collections that started with the poetry challenges on the Poetic Asides blog. Believe me, it helps drive me forward to hear these success stories....

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 371

For today’s prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. Ekphrasis sounds kind of complicated, but it’s just a fancy word for using a piece of art to inspire a poem. I’ve included a few images below, but feel free to use your own, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dizain

It’s time for the next poetic form challenge: writing the dizain! Find the rules for writing dizains here. It’s basically a 10 line by 10 syllable French form with a set rhyme scheme. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance to be published in Writer’s...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 370

For today’s prompt, write an evacuation poem. Today’s prompt is inspired by Hurricane Matthew churning through the Bahamas and toward the United States, but there are any number of reasons for people to evacuate. And myriad possible stories related to evacuations. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should...

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Bryan Borland: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming poet and publisher Bryan Borland to the Poetic Asides blog! Bryan Borland, a Lambda Fellow in Poetry and winner of the 2016 Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award, is the founder and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, the only publishing house to ever win Lambda Literary Awards in both...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 369

For today’s prompt, write a pattern poem. Yes, this is based off today’s prompt number: 3-6-9; the next number would be 12, right? So yeah, there are number patterns, but also patterns in how people act and re-act to situations, patterns in animal behavior, and even weather patterns (I’m sure my meteorologist/storm chasing brother...

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Diminishing Verse: Poetic Form

Here’s a fun form: Diminishing Verse! Diminishing Verse Poems Diminishing verse offers no origin and very few rules, but I enjoyed writing my example below. In fact, the main rule is this: Remove the first letter of end word in previous line. For example: Line 1 ends with the word “grad” And line 2...