Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

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Taylor Mali

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Great job, everyone! It’s been a lot of fun reading everyone’s poems (ok, I haven’t been reading everyone’s poems, but I have been skimming through). Speaking of reading poems, if there are specific poets you really enjoy and would like to read more, try using Anders Bylund’s nifty Poem-A-Day search tool, which he developed...

Martha Silano

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

I always think of Day 3 as the day that the challenge gets real. Make it through today, and you can make it through this whole challenge. Also, this is our first Friday; be sure to keep up through the weekend–or catch up first thing on Monday morning. For today’s prompt, write a machine...

Afaa Michael Weaver (photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Whew! What a great first day! I didn’t read everything, but I did read a lot yesterday, and I enjoyed a lot of what I read. Plus, it’s great to see all the positive feedback from so many. Before today’s prompt, I just wanted to call your attention to a couple things. First, you...

Matthea Harvey

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

So it begins: Day 1 of the 2015 April PAD Challenge. Woo-hoo! Remember: Paste your poem for today’s prompt in the comments below with your preferred byline. If you have trouble getting logged in, send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com. Also, I have a few spots open for screening readers; if interested, click here...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 April PAD Challenge: Tips

We’re about to start the 8th annual April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge, and I hope everyone’s as excited as I am. I’m sure we’ll have many who’ve completed the challenge multiple times before, as well as those who’ve started and come up short. And I’ve already heard from many who are going to give it...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Erasure Winner

For the erasure poetic form challenge, there were fewer entries than usual, which was not entirely surprising. As such, I selected a winner and Top 5 list. The winning entry is “a chatter of tongues,” by Tracy Davidson, which used Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights as a source. “a chatter of tongues,” by Tracy Davidson...

Poem Your Heart Out, Volume 2

2015 April PAD Challenge: Screening Readers

Are you ready for the 2015 April PAD Challenge? I know I am! (Check out the guidelines here.) The prompts are ready. The guest judges are confirmed (check them out here). And we have a cover design for the Poem Your Heart Out, volume 2 anthology. There’s just one more thing… I enjoyed reading...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 303

Believe it or not, this is the final Wednesday Poetry Prompt until May. We’ll still have prompts on Wednesday, but beginning on April 1, we’ll be poeming every single day of the month with the 2015 April PAD Challenge. For today’s prompt, write a preparation poem. Of course, I’ve been thinking about getting prepared...

La Spezia, Italy

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 302

April alert: Prompts are set for all 30 days, and I’m starting to pair up guest judges with prompts. Speaking of guest judges, a few more have been added since last week; check them out here. For this week’s prompt, we’re going to write an ekphrastic poem using one of the images below. Image...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 301

If you haven’t seen it yet, I’ve started sharing the names and bios of the guest judges for the 2015 April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge. I’ll continue adding throughout the month. Click to continue. For this week’s prompt, write a poem inspired by a movie. Base your poem on a scene, a character, or even...

Afaa Michael Weaver (photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Guest Judges

Last year, we completed our first challenge with guest judges (check out last year’s guest judges), and it was fun for the judges, for me, and–most importantly–for the people showing up each day to grab a prompt and write a poem. Last year’s roster of guest judges was pretty fabulous, but I’m super excited...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 300

If you haven’t seen it yet, I’ve posted the guidelines for the 2015 April PAD Challenge. It’s pretty crazy to think this will be our 8th year of poeming from April to May. And somehow, we’ve now reached 300 weekly Wednesday poetry prompts. What a bunch of milestones that are building up! In fact…...

Poem Your Heart Out, Volume 2

2015 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

It’s time! Time for the 8th annual April PAD Challenge on the Poetic Asides blog, and I’m super excited about it. I’m happy to report that we’ll have the anthology and a new round of guest judges this year (more on both below). First things first, this challenge is devoted to the goal of...

Kristina Marie Darling

Kristina Marie Darling: Poet Interview

Confession: I don’t really keep records on Poetic Asides, but I’m pretty sure Kristina Marie Darling has the record for most poet interviews in PA history. If this is your first time hearing her name, Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over 20 books, which include Vow, Petrarchan, and Scorched Altar, all available...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 299

I’ve been a bit careless today. You see, I took the day off (the kids got a snow day today), and I didn’t get my poem-prompt written this morning. However, I’ve still got a solid 30 minutes of writing time left, soooooo… For this week’s prompt, write a careless poem. That’s right, a careless...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Paradelle

First poetic form challenge of 2015, and it’s a doozy! This time, we’ll be tackling the paradelle. Click here to check out how to write a paradelle. This crazy form created by Billy Collins started as a joke, but it’s target audience (poets!) are gluttons for punishment and a real poetic challenge. And, well,...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Gogyohka Winner

Thank you to everyone who submitted a gogyohka! I’ve been sitting on the winner and already have the erasure winner ready too (look for that next week). My initial short list included nearly 50 poems, so it was crazy competitive (like usual). But I did cut it down to one winner and 10 finalists....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 298

For today’s prompt, write a treat poem. I guess this could be a trick or treat poem, or a poem about treating yourself (or another person) to something nice. I entreat you to have fun with it. Perhaps, we could sign a treaty to make it official and then shout it from the tallest...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 297

For this week’s prompt, write a patchwork poem. Patches are literally everywhere–in quilts, on clothes, and hey, even bandages and tape are a sort of patch. Then, there are the patches we place on our hearts, souls, and spirits. Cabbage patches, patching through for communication, and the more one thinks about patches the more...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 296

If you haven’t caught it yet, check out the results of the 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Then, get back on over here… For this week’s prompt, write a disappointment poem. I honestly didn’t think about the timing of announcing the challenge results with this prompt, but there you go. It can be disappointing...

Robert Lee Brewer

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Results

The 2014 November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge results are in, and I can’t wait to share the winner. I always shoot for Groundhog Day to make the big announcement, but I don’t always hit that mark. The only reason I’m a day off this time around is that the competition was so fierce. A...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 295

For this week’s prompt, write a free poem. Think free parking or a free space (in a board game). Think fat free, care free, or stone free (for all the Jimi Hendrix fans out there). Or think words with free in them, a la Freedom of Information Act. You’re free to take it in...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 294

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “State 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: “State of the Union,” “State of Ohio,” “State of Grace,” “State of Mind,” and so on. ***** Get Started...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 293

For today’s prompt, write a beauty poem. Think Beauty and the Beast; think beauty sleep; think airbrushed images in magazines, self-esteem, and selfies. Personally, I always think of the old black & white version of King Kong and the final line of the movie. ***** Ignite Your Creativity! Jump start your creativity with four...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 292

Today has been a weird day. I’ve been receiving entries for the 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, and my online connection has been faulty at best. Plus, the kids didn’t go to school on Monday (making it feel like a Tuesday instead of a Wednesday). For some folks, this prompt may be dropping on...