Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

About Robert Lee Brewer

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Evaluating Poems for a Collection

One of my goals for this year is to try and get a poetry collection published, and I haven’t ruled out self-publication if it comes to that. But I’ve been trying to go the traditional route by submitting to open submission periods and even a few contests. From interviews on Poetic Asides and my...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 102

This week, write a service poem. Originally, I was thinking of service as a car mechanic or server at a restaurant, but there’s also military service and general services that people provide to each other every day–sometimes even free of charge. Writing poetry could even be considered a service that the poet provides to...

Poetic Form: The Blitz Poem

A few poets have asked me over the past year to write up something about the blitz poem, which I’d never tried or even heard of before. So I did a little research, and it actually looks pretty fun. It was created by Robert Keim and is a 50-line poem of short phrases and...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Monotetra

For this Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m asking poets to write a monotetra or three. Please don’t stress out about the meter so much, because I won’t. But the rhymes and refrains, yes, please follow the rules. If you’re not sure, click here to learn more about the monotetra. Many have already said...

Poetry Workshop: 015

There are many ways to try revising a poem; I hope that’s a lesson that is delivered by these poetry workshops. Of course, another rule that I hope hits home is that there is no “one true way” to write a poem. The goal of any workshop is to point things out, make some...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 101

For this week’s prompt, I want you to use the phrase “As I was saying” as a springboard into your poem. You can use it as the title of your poem or within your poem, but neither is mandatory. You could use it as motivation to write a poem about someone who’s telling a...

Poetic Form: Monotetra

The monotetra is a poetic form developed by Michael Walker. Here are the basic rules: Comprised of quatrains (four-line stanzas) in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of 8 syllables per line Each quatrain consists of mono-rhymed lines (so each line in the first stanza has the same type of rhyme, as does...

Call for Submissions: 2012 Poet's Market

The 2011 Poet’s Market has been making the rounds, which means there’s another great edition of this poet publishing resource at bookstores–online and off–around the globe (though mostly in North America). (If you don’t have one yet, click here to order your copy.) While poets can enjoy the most recent edition of Poet’s Market, I’ve...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 100

Sorry for the late prompt time today. I’ve been busy cooking up my first ever batch of Brunswick Stew, which means that Baby Will and I were shopping for ingredients at the Kroger this morning. Last night, the Brew Crew was “Back to School” shopping–looking for clothes, scissors, glue sticks, paper, crayons, etc. And...

Reading at the Georgia Poetry Society

Yesterday, I read some poems and gave a little workshop on the sestina at the Georgia Poetry Society. When I was asked to present, I asked if I could bring my wife Tammy along, so she was a featured reader along with poet Barry Marks, who earlier this year released his first full-length collection of...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 099

I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but it is super hot around these parts. Even the evening can’t cool things off, because first thing in the morning is still hot and humid. Blech. Soooo, in an effort to change the tide with wishful thinking… This week’s...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Lune Winner

I swear these challenges just keep getting harder and harder to judge. Of course, that’s only because the poems continue to be more and more enjoyable to the point where it’s hard to pick a winner. I loved reading everyone’s lunes (click here to go to the original post and read all of them...

Interview With Poet Kristina Marie Darling

I’m very pleased to share Kristina Marie Darling with the Poetic Asides community. Darling is a graduate of Washington University and has published several chapbooks, including Fevers and Clocks (March Street Press) and The Traffic in Women (Dancing Girl Press), before her 2010 full-length collection Night Songs was released by Gold Wake Press. Naturally, she’s well-published...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 095

Before we get into the prompt, I just want to let everyone know about the new WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, we’re covering the lune. Click here to check out the guidelines. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a confined spaces poem. Someone or something could be confined in a space against...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Lune

For the 3rd Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m seeking lunes. I’ll accept both Kelly and Collom lunes. Click here to learn more about the lune form. As in previous challenges, the winner will be featured in a future issue of Writer’s Digest (the November/December issue to be precise). The lune is a very...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 094

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “The Meaning of (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “The Meaning of Life,” “The Meaning of Algebra,” “The Meaning of Meanings,” etc. Here’s my attempt: “The Meaning...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ghazal Winner

Whew! As with the kyrielle challenge, this was a tough one for me to judge. I think I short-listed more than 30 poems, so it was a challenge for me to even get down to a Top 10 list, let alone choose a winner. But the list has been picked–as has the winner. I...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 093

For today’s prompt, write a poem in which someone (or something) is stuck somewhere. Perhaps, someone is stuck in line or in a situation (job, relationship, conversation, etc.). Maybe something (like a firefly) is stuck somewhere (like a Mason jar). Hope you’re not stuck on a writer’s block. Here’s my attempt: “Elevator pitch” On average,...

How Poeming Is Like Dating

We’ve been discussing the composition of poetry on Twitter today. It sounds like many poets (including myself) tend to treat writing poetry like dating. Start off for funAt first, it’s just an image. Or an idea. Or a line. Something small and (what initially) seems unique triggers the beginning of a poem. You start to...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 092

Today is the final day to enter the WD Poetic Forms Challenge for writing a ghazal. (Read the poetic forms challenge guidelines here.) ***** For today’s prompt, write a poem that incorporates three things you can see from your computer. Use those three things however you wish. Maybe there’s a picture, a window and...

Poetry Workshop: 014

Okay, I haven’t tackled one of these poetry workshops in a while, so let’s look at a poem from Khara House. Here the original draft: Our daily bread, by Khara E. House Pull one thread to unravel a sweater–one thing leads to another. Hansel and Gretel scatter breadcrumb path–come the birds, eat the crumbs,lead the children...

Poetic Form: Cascade Poem

Since I was having trouble coming up with a poem today, I thought I’d investigate a new poetic form to help prompt me into action. I’ve seen the cascade poem mentioned a few times online, but I always assumed it meant the poem was comprised of stanzas with indented lines (creating a kind of...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 091

For today’s prompt, use the following three words in a poem: clodhopper, flash and satellite. Put the words anywhere you like in the poem and use them however you wish. Here’s my attempt for the day: “Nexus” We set up shop on the wrong sideof the tracks. One train passes, thenanother. They pass in...

Help a poet

Michele Brenton (aka Banana_the_Poet) is currently dealing with some very trying times due to a fire she recently survived and the aftermath of that fire. You can learn more about it at her blog. Here are two recent posts: Tell me why I shouldn’t kill myself. – I need reasons. What doesn’t kill you...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 090

Somehow it’s already been a week since the last prompt. Is it just me or is this year picking up steam? For this week’s prompt, I want you to take the phrase “Ways to (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new word or phrase the title of your poem,...