October 2014 Issue
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Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer
Beginning May 12, the United States post office is changing its rates (after doing so less than a year ago). First-Class Mail stamps will increase from 41 to 42 cents; however, those … Read more
Thanks to all of you, the April PAD Challenge was a phenomenal success. In fact, I think there’s no way around making this an annual event moving forward. You can’t even know … Read more
On Day 16, I asked you to write a poem with a twist at the end–something I was calling the “Alfred Hitchcock” poem. I was really impressed with the results and the … Read more
So this is it: the final prompt of the April PAD Challenge. We’ve made it; we’ve made it. I’d be sad that it’s all over, but I think in some ways we’re … Read more
Wow! On Day 15, I offered two prompts for Tuesday. And an overwhelming number of you wrote a poem for each prompt. Some of you even went well beyond that. I’m guessing … Read more
Kudos to my managing editor Alice Pope for sending along the following press release from the Poetry Foundation: CHICAGO — Poet Gary Snyder is the winner of the 2008 Ruth Lilly Poetry … Read more
Yay! So many of you have made it past the sestina! And I’m still alive, though I’m sure many of you no longer consider me your friend. It’s nice to put in … Read more
On Day 14, I asked you to write a poem with the title “This is how (blank) behaves” where you fill in the blank and go from there. Many people wrote about … Read more
I was distressed to read the following message in the comments for yesterday’s prompt this morning: Doubt I can finish the month…spent the last 24+ hours in ICU after my husband suffered … Read more
With Day 13′s poems, I got the best of both worlds: poetry and music. I asked you to write a poem that’s inspired by a song or lyrics from a song. Most … Read more
Well, we’re working our way closer to the end. After we finish today’s prompt, only three days will separate us from finishing this April PAD Challenge. On May 1, I plan to give … Read more
Today’s prompt is to write a poem with the title of “I’m so over (_____).” You get to choose what you’re “so over” with, and write a poem about it. I’ll be … Read more
A few times this month, I’ve felt like the forces working around my daily life are keeping track of my prompts (most of which I had set in stone before April started). … Read more
Today’s prompt is to use a photograph to create a poem. You can raid your dusty photo albums, look through your daily newspaper, scour the Internet, etc. But you must use a … Read more
You were asked to write an apology poem on Day 12, but I want to start off by saying, “Thank you,” for all the great poetry written on this day. Good poems … Read more
It’s hard to believe that a week from today I’ll be posting the last prompt of the month. We’re already almost a month older than we were at the end of March. … Read more
Paper clips! There were a lot of paper clip poems written on Day 11–when I asked you to write a poem describing a thing. Actually, I found that your focus on description … Read more
Today is Earth Day! Yay! I think most people can agree that this planet is a good thing. However, wars are fought over how we should use it and/or live on it. … Read more
On Day 10, I asked you to pick a location and write about it. I feel so redundant, but these poems just keep getting better and better. Seriously. I actually had to … Read more
Today’s prompt requires that you do a little snooping. That’s right: I want you to write a “snooping” poem today. Basically, you need to write a poem that incorporates a bit of … Read more
On Day 9, I asked you to pick a word (any word) and write a poem about it or using it. My hope was that you would have fun and be playful … Read more
We are now 20 days into the challenge! Woo-hoo! And spring has definitely sprung here in Ohio. It’s incredible. Since Thursday, I’ve been getting out every day and playing disc golf and … Read more
Good morning! Today’s prompt will require that you use a little memory, but not your own; because for today’s prompt you need to write a poem about a moment (or moments) you … Read more
I’ll pick back up on the highlights on Monday. Spent last night working on my Writer’s Market book, which goes to production next Friday. By the way, isn’t it cool? We’ve made … Read more
Before getting to the prompt, I think it would be nice of us all to send a little goodwill in Elizabeth Keggi’s direction. Her poems have been highlighted a few times already this month … Read more