Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

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Gloria Watts

Gloria Watts: Poet Interview

For those wondering, yes, the November PAD Challenge results are almost finished. In fact, I’m planning to release the results tomorrow (as long as we still have power in these parts). Also, don’t forget to try your hand at writing sijo: click here to check out the latest WD Poetic Form Challenge. Gloria Watts...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 253

I try to plan out prompts ahead of time, because it’s hard enough to think of a poem on the spot. When I looked at today’s prompt, I had to laugh, because it’s something I won’t be doing today–since I’ve been summoned for jury duty. For today’s prompt, write a work poem. It can...

Rachel Gurevich

Rachel Gurevich: Poet Interview

Quick note: The results for the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge have been delayed, but I’m getting close to make final decisions. Out of more than 80 submissions, I’ve narrowed the field to around a dozen final contenders. I hope to roll out the results later this week. From the November challenge to the...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 252

Before today’s prompt, be sure to check out this interview with me over at the Poets and Artists website, in which I’m asked 10 questions, including which poem I’d like read at my eulogy, the saddest poem I’ve ever read, what I’ll never write a poem about, and more. Click here to read the...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 251

For today’s prompt, write an elsewhere poem. Maybe elsewhere is a physical place–like Ohio instead of Georgia. Maybe elsewhere is a season–like summer instead of winter. Maybe elsewhere is a state of mind–like happy instead of depressed. Whatever your elsewhere write it today (and through the week). Here’s my attempt at an elsewhere poem:...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sijo

You knew it was coming–the next WD Poetic Form Challenge! This time around, we’re trying out the sijo, a three-line Korean poetic form. It’s more lyrical than a haiku, and there are more syllables. Click here to read how to write a sijo. Once you down the rules of sijo, start writing them and...

Robert Lee Brewer

Sijo: Poetic Form

While the sijo poetic form is new to Poetic Asides, it is actually older than haiku. This Korean poetic form is only three lines long, but a lot is packed into those three lines. Here’s a quick rundown: 3 lines in length, averaging 14-16 syllables per line (for a poem total of 44-46 syllables)....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 250

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s poeming time. But first, check out the winner of the somonka challenge. Also, Tammy and me will be reading at various locations for the Austin International Poetry Festival (April 3-6); if you live in the area (and even if you don’t), consider making it out for a poetry experience...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Somonka Winner

This post has been a long time coming. I posted the original challenge on October 21 with a deadline of November 10. Usually, I’d have the results earlier, but some decisions were made with the magazine that afforded me some extra time–which I’m glad to have received. I know I say it every time,...

Taisha Cooke

Taisha Cooke: Poet Interview

It’s time for another Top 25 poet interview from the April PAD Challenge (playing a little catch up after the holiday season). For this round, we have Taisha Cooke, who wrote a short, but very effective poem titled “Bad Timing.” Taisha was born and currently resides in Philadelphia. After working on a degree in...

De Jackson

De Jackson: Poet Interview

The next poet in our Top 25 series was actually cited in the previous interview: De Jackson. De has been around as long as I can remember on this blog, and she’s been an uplifting spirit–and I’ve personally witnessed her grow as a poet (hopefully she can say the same for me). De wanted...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 249

I hope everyone sent in there November PAD Chapbook Challenge submissions. If you happened to “forget” the deadline or your dog ate your manuscript, I’ll accept late submissions for today and today only. Click here for the guidelines. (And thank you to everyone who’s already sent in their manuscripts; I can’t wait to start...

Walter J. Wojtanik

Walter J. Wojtanik: Poet Interview

The next poet in our Top 25 poet interview series from the 2013 April PAD Challenge is one of the more generous and productive poets I’ve encountered since starting the Poetic Asides blog. I’m speaking, of course, of Walt Wojtanik. Walter J. Wojtanik started to hone his writing skills when he taught himself to...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 248

Happy New Year! I stayed up late with Tammy watching the Twilight Zone marathon and a few of the ball dropping programs near midnight. And that’s where today’s prompt is coming from… For today’s prompt, write a weird poem. Maybe it’s a twist ending or a person on another planet (or another time). Maybe...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 247

For today’s prompt, write a gift poem. Giving gifts, receiving gifts, coveting the gifts of others, admiring gifts, planning gifts, and so on. Consider this prompt a gift from me. Here’s my attempt at a gift poem: “Haiku” Each morning a gift– the outline of tree branches conducting bird songs. ***** Publish your haiku!...

Bruce Niedt

5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Bruce W. Niedt

For the final installment of the five-part series on favorite poetry collections, I’m happy to host Poetic Asides regular Bruce W. Niedt. He’s been involved with this blog so long that I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t commenting and/or sharing his love of poetry and other poets. Bruce is a career civil...

Carole Cole

Carole Cole: Poet Interview

Here’s the next installment of the Top 25 poet interview series related to the 2013 Poetic Asides April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge. In this post, I’m happy to share a poem by Carole Cole. Posted: No Trespassing, by Carole Cole The elegant Victorian on the corner has sat vacant for a decade, the purple paint...

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Shann Palmer Has Passed

[Update: Shann’s daughter, Alia Radabaugh contacted me via Facebook to correct a couple mistakes in my post. First, she did not suffer two heart attacks. What I thought was the first heart attack was actually an arrhythmia caused by a virus that revealed heart damage during ECGs. Second, her heart attack occurred on December...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 246

Another Wednesday, another poetry prompt. Yay! But before we get to the prompt, I just wanted to share that a few of my poems have been published in the most recent issue of Poets|Artists (along with a poem by my wife Tammy and Poetic Asides regular Laurie Kolp). Click here to check out the...

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5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Kelli Russell Agodon

Here’s part four of the five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll shine light on collections that absolutely need to be read (by the way, check out my 5 best books of 2013). This week, please welcome Kelli Russell Agodon! ***** When Robert...

Ian Chandler

Ian Chandler: Poet Interview

Here’s the next Top 25 poet from the 2013 April PAD Challenge (the November Challenge sort of knocked me off track): Ian Chandler. Ian’s poem “and your hands shook” is compact and packs a punch. Ian is currently attending Malone University with a double major in creative writing and philosophy. He loves to read,...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 245

For this week’s prompt, write an antique poem. It could be about or involve physical antiques. Or maybe the poem addresses an antique way of thinking, acting, etc. Here’s my attempt at an antique poem: “Elegy for the Card Catalog” My children don’t know you, the tactile sense of searching for the perfect book....

Hannah Stephenson

5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Hannah Stephenson

Here’s part three of the five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll help shine light on collections that absolutely need to be read. This week, please welcome Hannah Stephenson. ***** Here are five poetry collections I often return to. The Man Suit, by...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 244

I hope everyone had a fun and successful November of poeming. I know I did. Now, it’s time to get back to our Wednesday poetic gatherings (until April’s poem-a-day challenge). For this week’s prompt, write a fog poem. The poem can be about a fog. It can incorporate a fog. Or it can delve...