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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 145

For this week’s prompt, write an escape poem. The poem could about someone or something that is thinking of escape, has escaped, or has lost someone or something that has escaped. And … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 144

Earlier this week, Reese started second grade. He’s the type of student who was looking forward to getting back to school. Of course, not every student shares that view. For this week’s … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Hay(na)ku

Time for another poetic form challenge! This time around, we’ll write the hay(na)ku. This form was developed by Eileen Tabios and named by Vince Gotera. The rules are simple, which makes the poem fun … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 143

For this week’s prompt, write a normal poem. I know some of you may be thinking that every poem is normal or that there’s no such thing as a normal poem. However, … Read more

Found the Missing Poetic Asides Categories

Some of you may have already stumbled upon this, but I couldn’t locate the Poetic Asides categories until I talked to WritersDigest.com editor Brian Klems. If you look over on the right … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 142


I apologize for the late start today, but I’m on vacation. So I got up early and worked a little on a new chapbook before taking the boys (all four of them) … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Results

It’s taken me forever, but I’ve finally got the results for the WD Poetic Form Challenge! Despite the length of time it took to judge, I really enjoyed seeing the creativity in … Read more

One Thing Is Constant: Change

Welcome to the new Poetic Asides blog! While I’d known there was a WritersDigest.com re-design going on this year, I didn’t realize until this week (and even this day) the full extent … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 141

For this week’s prompt, write an empty poem. The poem should somehow play off the idea of empty–maybe empty rooms, empty containers, empty threats, etc. Or maybe you could empty the poem … Read more

F+W Acquires The Writers Store

The company I work for, F+W Media, Inc., announced today the acquisition of The Writers Store, which is the largest reseller of third-party writing and filmmaking tools worldwide. Pretty exciting stuff! Since … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 140

For this week’s prompt, write a poem about–or, at least, with–a sound. It could be an annoying sound, a scary sound, a happy sound, etc. In fact, the poem could even include … Read more

Interview With Poet Edward Nudelman

Edward Nudelman’s first book of poetry, Night Fires, was a semifinalist for the Journal Award (The Wheeler Prize) given by OSU Press in 2009. Night Fires was published by Pudding House Publications … Read more

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reblog (Guest Post by Gabriel Gadfly)

Please welcome Gabriel Gadfly to the Poetic Asides blog. Since 2009, he has self-published his poetry on his website, http://gabrielgadfly.com. His poetry has also appeared in Four & Twenty, Borderline, and Anatomy … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 139

For this week’s prompt, write a poem from the perspective of a group of people, other living organisms, or even objects. The key is to make sure it’s a group of something. … Read more

2011 April PAD Challenge Results!

For once, I’ve been able to stick with my July 4th goal for announcing the April Poem-A-Day Challenge. I’m so glad, because the poems I read were great. Before I start announcing … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 138

For this week’s prompt, write a poem about how things change. The world is always changing in small and large ways. Businesses start up and go out of business or move locations. … Read more

Making Peace with Ekphrastic Poetry (Guest Post by Nate Pritts)

Please welcome Nate Pritts to Poetic Asides! Pritts is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Sweet Nothing as well as four previous books of poetry. POETRY Magazine called The Wonderfull Yeare … Read more

One Piece of Advice for Poets, Part 1

Over the years, I’ve asked the question (or a version of it) of several poets: If you could pass on only one piece of advice, what would it be? Below, I’ve assembled … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 137

Wow! It has been a busy week since last Wednesday. Things are only now starting to slow back down a bit. Baby Hannah Marie was born on Thursday at 9:44 a.m. If … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 136

Tomorrow is D-Day. That is, Due Day for Tammy and I and our first daughter, Hannah Marie. We’re super excited (and, yes, a little stressed). If everything goes as it should, I’ll … Read more

Poetic Asides Round Up: 001

Wow! I recently asked for round ups from the Poetic Asides readers, unsure of what to expect as a response. As usual, you all surprised me–in a great way! Unfortunately, that meant … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 135

In case you missed it earlier, I’m soliciting feedback from the Poetic Asides community. So far, I’ve received more than 20 responses, and I hope to make my first Poetic Asides Round … Read more

Poetic Asides Round Up Request

Earlier this morning, I had a “duh!” moment related to the Poetic Asides community. I hope you can help me out. As many of you know, the Poetic Asides readership and community … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 134

In case you haven’t heard the news yet, I’ll be selecting 20 poets to publish and pay for the 2013 Poet’s Market. Click here to read guidelines. Also, I announced the winner … Read more

Call for Poetry Submissions for the 2013 Poet's Market!

I was going to wait until tomorrow to break this news, but it’s probably tomorrow (or close to tomorrow) in some parts of the world already. So here’s the news: I will … Read more

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