Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

About Robert Lee Brewer

Senior Content Editor, Writer's Digest Community.

Guest Post Guidelines

Guest posts are a great way to share your voice with a new audience while promoting your blog, book, and/or whatever else you have going on. If you’re interested in sharing your poetic knowledge with the Poetic Asides community, then read these guidelines to figure out how to get the ball rolling. Here’s what...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 122

First off, I just wanted to share the good news that Tammy and I learned earlier this week (via ultrasound) that we’re expecting a girl this time around. You can read more about this over at my personal blog. As some of you may know, I have four boys already, so it’s exciting to...

Interview With Poet Aaron Belz

I’m so happy to share Aaron Belz with the Poetic Asides community today! Credit: Thomas Crone In 2010, Aaron’s second collection of poetry–Lovely, Raspberry–was released by Persea Books. Before that, there was the The Bird Hoverer, which Boston Review called “masterfully strange.” Aaron is an English professor at Providence Christian College (in Pasadena, California)....

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 121

Happy Groundhog Day! My two groundhogs of choice (Punxsutawney Phil and General Beauregard Lee) have predicted an early spring. After what has already been a rather brutal winter, let’s hope they’re correct. Some people believe in the predictions of groundhog day; some people believe it’s good fun; and others don’t know what to think...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sonnet

I expect this challenge to be super competitive, challenging and fun! After all, the sonnet is one of the more popular and flexible forms available to English-writing poets. Click here if you’re unsure how to write a sonnet. (It’s basically just a 14-line poem with a flexible rhyme scheme. There’s a general rule of...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sevenling Winner

This may have been the most difficult challenge I’ve had to judge yet. The writing was so good that more than 40 poems made my first cut and nearly 30 made my second cut. Then, it got really tough trying to narrow down to a Top 10 and a winner. (Click here to read...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 120

Today’s prompt was inspired by a suggestion from a Poetic Asides regular (Iain Kemp). He asked if I could somehow tie today’s prompt in with Burns Night, which is celebrated around the world on January 25 every year for the writing of Scottish poet Robert Burns.  Since everyone may not be familiar with Burns’...

Upcoming Poetry Contests (January 2011)

Every so often, I get asked about upcoming poetry contests (whether via e-mail or through social networking sites). Usually I try to answer these inquiries one-on-one, but I’ve decided to start sharing upcoming contests on here to make it easier for both myself and poets interested in submitting their work. WritersMarket.com is still THE...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 119

As I started writing this post, I realized that today’s prompt number (119) is the same as today’s date (1/19). How funny is that! Because of that realization, I’m going to change today’s prompt. For today’s prompt, write a serendipity poem. I’ll let you decide what a serendipity poem might be. If you’re unsure,...

Poetic Form: Sonnet

I have to admit surprise (and embarrassment) that I somehow have neglected this poetic form over the years. Maybe it’s because they’re so familiar that I overlook sonnets. Maybe it’s because my brain is still trying to block out all those Shakespeare courses I took back in college. Whatever the reason for my slippage,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 118

We’re on Day 3 of the Great Snow Event of 2011 here in the Atlanta area. Snow started to fall on Sunday evening, and there’s the possibility that schools will remain closed all week. It wasn’t a lot of snow, but the road crews just aren’t prepared for snow down here like they are...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 117

For those of you who participated in the 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, today is the final day to submit your chapbook manuscript. (Click here for details.) ***** For everyone interested in writing a new poem, this week’s prompt is to write a celebration poem. People celebrate things large and small throughout the year...

Special Guest and Book Give-Away Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Poetic Asides will have a special guest on the blog: Sage Cohen!     If you’re not familiar with Sage, she’s the author of Writing the Life Poetic, which is one of the few books I keep on my desk at all times (right up there with my Webster’s Dictionary and 2011 Poet’s...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 116

For today’s prompt, write a last chance poem. For many (including myself), this may be your last chance to write a poem in 2010. So make it count! Here’s my attempt: “The last poem” Every last snowball, last snowman,last dance, last kiss, last glass ofwater, last phone call, last chanceto buy that last greatest...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 115

Before we get into this week’s prompt, I just want to make you aware of all the fun stuff happening at Poetic Asides. Click here to read about it all. Challenges, chapbooks, and more! ***** For today’s prompt, write a poem about something you (or someone or something else) are dreading. An example would...

A lot happening at Poetic Asides

There’s a lot going on at the Poetic Asides blog as far as challenges at the moment (which I’ll dig into below), but I wanted to let everyone here know about my recent decision to self-publish a chapbook of poetry that will include 21 poems, many of which have been previously published in publications...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 114

For this week’s prompt, write a receipt poem. The word receipt has several meanings, including recipe, the act of receiving, a record of transaction, and more. So your poem can play around with these ideas and concepts–or it can just be a found poem (that is, a very interesting receipt). Here’s my attempt: “Of...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sevenling

Want something fun to do over the holidays? Try a new poetic form. For this Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m asking poets to write a sevenling. The sevenling is a relatively newer form created by Roddy Lumsden. Click here to read my earlier post on how to write a sevenling. As in previous...

10 Essential Rules of Poetry

If you write poems, then you’re a poet. Simple as that. But if you want to be more than an unknown versifier who hides poems in a shoe box, here are 10 guidelines for making your mark.

by Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 113

Wow! Has it really been 8 days since our last prompt? I have to admit that I was a little poemed out after the November challenge, but now I’m ready to go again. I hope you are too! For today’s prompt, write a poem about a generalized group of people, animals or things. In...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rondeau Winner

I was very impressed by all the great attempts at the rondeau. Click here to read all the entries in the Comments. However, there can be only one winner, and this time it was Brian Slusher. Congratulations, Brian! Here’s his winning rondeau: Goodbye, by Brian Slusher What does Love say to “Go away”?Does it...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

I haven’t even posted the next steps post, yet I’ve already received my first chapbook manuscript via e-mail. I expect many more to be sent my way between today and January 5th at 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia, time). To read the original guidelines post, click here. If you’re lazy, here are the basics: You...