Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 161

After getting bombarded with some unexpected projects at the end of 2011, I’m finally starting to catch up with 2012. It’s a pretty nice year so far, and I hope to start getting more Poetic Asides posts up through the rest of this month. As some of you may have noticed, I’ve ramped up...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 160

I hope everyone has had a great start to 2012! I’ve been catching up on work-related stuff after nearly 2 weeks out of the office. Plus, I have started up two new series on my other blog, My Name Is Not Bob, called Blissfully (a year-long series of personal stories from me to you)...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 159

I apologize for the extremely late Wednesday Poetry Prompt. In fact, it’s probably Thursday for most folks. I’ve been on vacation this week, which means I’ve been playing with my five kids all day–and I thought it was Tuesday. We’ll be back to a normal schedule in 2012! For this week’s prompt, write a new...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 158

For this week’s prompt, write a box poem. This poem is either about a box or includes a box somewhere in the poem (or title). Don’t be afraid to poem outside the box this week (sorry, I had to say it). “Box Turtle” We found it beside the road taking one methodical step after...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Haiku Winner

I’m glad I limited the haiku challenge to three days, because I don’t know if I could’ve made it through three weeks worth of submissions. I didn’t count, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn there were close to 1,000 haiku submitted! But don’t get me wrong, it was fun reading. With so many...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 157

For those who participated in the haiku challenge over the weekend, I just want you to know the results are still coming. I’ll make a post as soon as I’m able. For this week’s prompt, write a magical poem. There are many varieties of magic: good magic, black magic, Harry Potter magic, the magic...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 156

This is our first Wednesday Poetry Prompt since the 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. I hope everyone’s having fun getting their chapbooks together who participated. For this week’s prompt, write a “while you were gone” poem. We’ve been gone from the Wednesday Poetry Prompts since October–crazy as that sounds. But with the holiday season...

2012 Writer’s Digest Conference: Coming Soon!

One of the most popular conferences for writers in the country is just around the corner: The Writer’s Digest Conference on January 20-22 in New York City at the Sheraton New York Hotel. First, there are the sessions in which writers who are serious about the business of their writing can learn everything they...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haiku

After completing the recent November PAD Chapbook Challenge, a poet let me know he was relieved there were no poetic form prompts during the challenge. Usually, that’s something I’ll do on a Two for Tuesday prompt day–to give poets an “out” if they don’t want to tackle a form. However, I’m about to make...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

We made it. Day 30! Now scramble up to the peak with me and jump up and down in celebration. Another PAD challenge completed! Before the prompt, a couple quick notes: A Quick Note on Being Respectful. Check out this post from last night to understand what I don’t expect on this blog, but...

A Quick Note on Being Respectful

Here we are again. In the midst of another Poem-A-Day challenge. Stepping on each other’s toes again. Sigh. I’m sorry I dropped the ball on this one, because everyone seemed to be playing nicely. But appearances aren’t always what they seem. There has apparently been some hateful speech directed at certain groups of people...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

For four weeks, we’ve poemed our hearts out. Now, we’re just a Two for Tuesday prompt and tomorrow away from completing this challenge. Let’s roll up our sleeves and work some magic. There are two options for today’s prompt: Write an evening poem. Write a day-time poem. Here’s my attempt: “As the day turns...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

Whew! I can’t believe we’re only three days (well, two after today) from finishing another poem-a-day challenge. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving week (who celebrates Thanksgiving anyway). Click here to see how unaccording to plan mine went. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Story,” replace the blank with a word or...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For today’s prompt, write a tribute poem. Write your tribute poem for anyone or anything you like–Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harry Potter, etc. Have fun! Here’s my attempt: “Poets” For those about to poem, we salute you with line breaks & ampersands & traditional forms & free verse & whatever else we can throw...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write a good old days poem. Sometimes the good old days were actually good or not, everyone has a good old days poem in them (even if it’s someone else’s good old days story). So dig deep and pull it out. Here’s my attempt: “Here we are” Those were the good...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, please write a consumption poem. There are any number of things we consume as people, and even more if you think outside the human experience. Some are good, some not so much. But there’s so much consumption going on every single day that it’s a great topic for poeming. Here’s my...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

Happy Thanksgiving (for all people who celebrate Thanksgiving)! For all people who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, happy fourth Thursday of the month of November. Unfortunately, we had to call off the Thanksgiving trip we had planned to Ohio (some last minute kid sickness), but we’re still having a good time in Georgia. Have a great...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

If all goes well this morning, I’ll be on the road by 5 a.m. Atlanta time. If you’re able to participate today, please help spread the word about this prompt on Facebook, Twitter, etc., so that others can join in the poeming action today. For today’s prompt, write a travel poem. Yes, I knew...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

Good morning, everyone! I have a favor to ask of you beginning with tomorrow morning’s prompt. Could you help spread the word that the prompt is up each morning from November 23 to November 27? I know many of you already do an excellent job of this, but I won’t be able to link...

WD Poetic Form Challenge Hub

This is a place to post poems for the poetic form challenges mentioned in the Writer’s Digest magazines–not for active challenges. For instance, the February issue of Writer’s Digest focused on the prose poem. Please feel encouraged to include your attempts in the comments below. Also, if you click on the Poetry Prompts tab...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

We’re three weeks into this challenge already. I don’t know how it is for you, but for me, it feels like we just started November a day or two ago. It’s like complete warp drive. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Whenever (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

Well, I still haven’t slept since my Day 19 prompt. That will be remedied soon enough, but I wanted to get today’s prompt and poem up before sleeping in. I started yesterday in Georgia, made it up to Ohio (grabbed my sons Ben and Jonah), and am now back where I started (in Georgia)–more...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

I’m officially on vacation for the week, which means this morning, I’ll be hitting the road to pick up my Ohio boys and bring them down to Georgia for the beginning of Thanksgiving Week! Which also means I had to get up early (because it’s close to a 20-hour round trip) and post early....

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

OMG! We’re already 60% of the way through November? C’est impossible! Even if you’re just now learning about this challenge, it’s not too late to jump in, but time is definitely running out. That said… For today’s prompt, write an “it’s too late” poem. Nobody likes a quitter, but sometimes you have to “know...