Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

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2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Today is the final day of April, which also means it is the final day of the 2010 April PAD Challenge. It has been an amazing month of poeming and community, but it’s not quite over yet. Everyone still needs to: Write a poem today. Pick and submit up to five of your best...

Exciting News!

We did it! Everyone did their part (small and/or large) to get me named co-Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere with Sina Queyras, who blogs for the PoetryFoundation.org and Lemon Hound. While I agree that a tie was the best way to settle it, I was glad to see that y’all helped give me a...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Today is the last day to cast a vote for the Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere competition. As of a few minutes ago, I was holding a 2-vote lead, though I was behind in the voting for much of yesterday afternoon. So, this could definitely go either way. If you can and are willing,...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

Since we’re so near the end, I’m going to start linking to the guidelines for any poets who wish to submit up to five of their favorite poems from the month (by May 5) to possibly be spotlighted in a future post on the blog. (Click to continue.) ***** Also, I thought the voting...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Before we get into the prompt, I want everyone to click here to read the new Poem Nicely rules. 99.9% of the readers of this blog do not fall into this category. However, I want everyone to know what I will and will not tolerate on this blog. And if you have any questions,...

Poem nicely

Recently, the temperature has been turned up on this blog–to the point at which some very nice poets are leaving or threatening to leave the blog because they don’t feel comfortable posting their work for fear they’ll be attacked (in words). That is not the kind of blog I run, so for the first...

Blogging Poets: Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere

As you may know, I’m in the running for Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere (click here to vote for me), which is hosted by BloggingPoet.com. It’s a “for fun” type of competition for the most part; but recently, a person posted this in the comments of one post: This blog is NOT representative of...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

I make all the prompts for these challenges in advance of the actual month. It’s often hard enough to write a poem each day, so I don’t want to freeze up on creating prompts, too. However, I do often make a few adjustments as the challenge plays out. Such is the case with today’s...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

We’re getting down to the final days of the challenge. This is the point in the race where you can see the finish line; so dig deep and finish with a sprint. We’re nearly there. ***** For today’s prompt, write a poem inspired by a song. Be sure to include the song and artist...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

Just drove all night from Georgia to Ohio and am about to get a little sleep. Knowing I’ll probably be even more out of it later this morning than I am now, I’m just going to post now. ***** For today’s prompt, write an evening poem. My initial thought is that this poem would...

No More Codes!

Our awesome programmer, Todd Spurlock, removed the code module on the commenting part of the site. Hopefully, the blog won’t be attacked by robots now, but this *should* solve the problems with leaving comments. It still runs on the slow side, but it seems to work now. Please let me know if this is...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, write an exhausted poem. The poem can be a first person account of your own exhaustion, or it can describe the exhaustion of someone (or something) else. Heck, I guess it even could be about exhaust, huh? Here’s my attempt for the day: “Baby bedtime” When Ben got tired, he’d runthrough...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

Time to solicit feedback from those who are having to try more than five times to post their poems, please send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: More Than Five Times. In your e-mail, please include:  Very specific steps of what you do and what you see at each step. What...

A Place to Post Poems

I’ve been receiving reports since yesterday that posting poems in the comments is proving even more problematic than usual. The programmers are looking into why this issue is suddenly getting even worse than usual, but I want to offer some alternative places to post in the meantime: Post poems over at my personal blog. I’ve created...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

First, I just want to thank everyone who’s voted for me so far for Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. It really means a lot to me, not to mention the nice comments poets have left there. (If you haven’t voted but want to, click here to go to the post.) ***** Second, we’ve made...

Nifty Tool!

Thank you to Anders Bylund who created a nifty tool to search for poems in the challenge. His little gadget allows people to search by day, by name, or full-text search. He recommends searching by name (and that seems to make the most sense to me as well). If you want to check it...

April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Hard to believe, but we made it through the entire month of April. Go us! Please check back tomorrow to learn the details of what to expect in the future as far as receiving notification of the April PAD completionists and those who make the Top 50 eBook. With more than 25,000 comments on...

Get Your Poetry Published!

On May 29, I’ll be leading an online seminar on how to go about publishing your poetry. After all, it’s one thing to write great poetry, but getting it published? That’s an entirely different hurdle. Topics I plan on covering include: How to identify appropriate markets for your poetry. How to avoid many common...

April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Wow! More than 450 comments are already posted to the sestina prompt. You guys are tough to shake or rattle. I promise the last two prompts of this month will be softballs compared to yesterday. For today’s prompt, I want you to title your poems “Never (blank)” with you filling in the blank with...

April PAD Challenge: Day 28

Apparently, Day 27’s comments were wiped clean sometime last night. Please re-paste your poem in the comments for Day 27. (Click here to go to Day 27’s prompt.) I apologize for the inconvenience, but luckily, we’re only a few days from the finish line. ***** After today, we’ll have made it 4 weeks into...

Interview With Poet Laurel Snyder

Interesting (maybe only to me) story: This interview with Laurel Snyder came about after Laurel responded to one of my “tweets” on Twitter. (By the way, you can follow me there at http://twitter.com/robertleebrewer.) Yes, social networking really can benefit all writers–even (or maybe especially) poets. In 2007, No Tell Books published Laurel Snyder’s collection,...

April PAD Challenge: Day 27

After today, we’ll be just three days away from closing out this challenge. 3 days! We’re so very, very close. I know we can do it. For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem of longing. You or someone (or something) else should be pining for someone or something. Maybe a cat...

April PAD Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem involving miscommunication.  It can be miscommunication between two people or misinterpretation of some sort.  I will leave it up to you guys to deal with it however you want. Here is my attempt for the day: “If Shakespeare taught us anything, it’s that it...

April PAD Challenge: Day 25

Only 5 more days left to go!  For today’s prompt, I want you to pick an event; make that event the title of your poem; and then write a poem. Think birthday. Think holiday. Think whatever. Here is my attempt for the day (which will give you a pretty good idea about what I have planned...

April PAD Challenge: Day 24

Sorry for the late posting time this morning. Computer issues. In fact, I hope this attempt to post actually goes through before it crashes again. For today’s prompt, I want you to write a travel-related poem. It can be human travel, the migration of swallows, the trafficking of drugs, etc. Some sort of movement...