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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 338

For this week’s prompt, write a stained poem. Write about a stain on a shirt, staining wood, or stained glass windows (ekphrastic opportunity?). Of course, these are visual versions of stains. I’m sure there are metaphors for stains as well, like the teenage angst found in a “stained soul.” ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Interlocking Rubaiyat Winner

With the next poetic form challenge just around the corner, here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the interlocking rubaiyat. Exactly 30 poems made the original cut, so it was difficult getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner, but here we are. Read all the interlocking...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 337

The past few weeks, I’ve been able to share recently published poems with the week’s prompt. That’s been fun, but all I have to share this week is that I’ve received some new rejections. However, that doesn’t get me down, because I know rejection is part of the process. Time to get more submissions...

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The Many Faces of Persona Poems

Today’s post comes from Susan J. Erickson, also known as susanjer in these parts. When she pitched her idea, I just happened to be ready to share a specific type of prompt that fit perfectly. (Guess what we’re writing tomorrow?) I’m always open to guest post ideas. If you’re interested in writing one, please...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 336

Last week, I mentioned three of my poems that were published in issue two of By&By Poetry on January 1 (click to read the poems). This week, I had a poem published on page eight of the debut issue of Englyn, a journal of 4-line poems. There are a few familiar names there. So...

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Gulf Stream Literary Magazine: Monday Market Spotlight

I hope everyone’s having a great start to 2016. Here is this week’s spotlight market: Gulf Stream Literary Magazine. Gulf Stream Literary Magazine: Monday Market Spotlight The tagline for Gulf Stream Lit Mag is “South Florida’s Literary Current,” and they do a great job fulfilling that mission statement. The current issue (read here) features...

Robert Lee Brewer

Improve Your Writing Platform (or Author Platform) in 30 Days

A few times now, I’ve run 30-day platform challenges for writers to help with the difficult task of creating a writing platform (also known as an author platform). I prefer the term writing platform, because I feel the word author locks a writer into only writing books. However, today’s publishing environment offers so many...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Interlocking Rubaiyat

Once again, it is time for the WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, we’re focused on the interlocking rubaiyat. Find the rules for the interlocking rubaiyat by clicking here. It’s an interesting form that revolves around quatrains with a specific rhyme scheme. (My favorite Robert Frost poem is actually written using this form.)...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Interlocking Rubaiyat: Poetic Form

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a poetic form on here. And strange as it seems, this form has been hiding under my nose for years without me even realizing it. Of course, I’m speaking of interlocking rubaiyat, sometimes referred to as rubai. I’ve long been familiar with the 12th-century Persian work, The...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 335

Happy New Year! Believe it or not, this is the first Wednesday Poetry Prompt of 2016! Before we look at the prompt though, I wanted to share three poems that were published in issue two of By&By Poetry on January 1 (click to read the poems). They’re all quickies; that is, all three combine...

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Linebreak: Monday Market Spotlight

I have a few favorite online-only poetry publications. One of the more unique publications is this week’s spotlight market: Linebreak. Linebreak: Monday Market Spotlight What’s so special about Linebreak? Well, hey, any place that publishes poetry is special in my book, but what makes Linebreak stand out, I guess, is their emphasis on the...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 April PAD Challenge: List of Finalists

Note: This is not a list of the final results. That post is currently incomplete, but it can be found here (updated as results are finalized). Rather, this is a list of every finalist from the 2015 April PAD Challenge. I do have a complete list of finalists, but since the guest judging is...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 334

Before we get into the prompt today, I just want to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year. I’m looking forward to what 2016 has to offer. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Seeking (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 333

For today’s prompt, write an exhaustion poem. Luckily, I set my prompts for the rest of the year a while back, because today I really have been exhausted (two naps already). But don’t leave exhaustion to sleepiness; there’s also exhausting all your options and car exhaust. And I’m sure something else. ***** Re-create Your...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 332

For today’s prompt, write a standard poem. Standard poem could mean the “same old poem,” I suppose, but it could also mean the “gold standard.” It could be a poem about standard procedures or having standards (in work, relationships, social media, poeming, etc.). Or maybe your idea of standard is that nothing is standard....

Sasha A. Palmer

Poetry: A Natural Lifesaver

Here’s the second installment of Sasha A. Palmer’s guest post series. Read the first on the poet’s brain here. Sasha A. Palmer (aka Happy) is a regular around these parts, and she writes for a living and pleasure. She shares quick writing links every Thursday at www.sashaapalmer.com and blogs at www.thehappyamateur.com. ***** “If I...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 331

For today’s prompt, write a pushy poem. Maybe there’s a character in the poem who’s a little pushy, or maybe the poem is about pushing buttons or pushing people to do things. Or maybe the poem itself is a little pushy. Even animals can get pushy with other animals. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision...

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A Poet’s Brain: “It’s Alive!”

Today’s post comes from Sasha A. Palmer (aka Happy). Sasha is a regular around these parts, and she writes for a living and pleasure. She shares quick writing links every Thursday at www.sashaapalmer.com and blogs at www.thehappyamateur.com. This is actually a 2-part post. Look for the second part at the end of the week....

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Minute Poem Results

With the next poetic form challenge just around the corner, here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the minute poem. Nearly 30 poems made the original cut, so it was difficult getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner, but here we are. Read all the minute...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 330

Here we are again: On a Wednesday in a month not named April or November. Must be poeming time! For today’s prompt, write a shopping poem. I’ve been doing a lot of the “traditional” shopping lately with a bunch of big family dinners and such, but remember: People shop for husbands, shop for good...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Okay, here are the next steps for this challenge. Before you dive into them, click here to read the original guidelines for the challenge. Step One: Write the Poems We accomplished this step during the month of November. We have 30 prompts to prove it. Step Two: Revise the Poems This step is optional,...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Well, here we are. Crazy as it seems (to me anyway), we’re on the final day of the writing part of this challenge. I’ll post a Next Steps post tomorrow, but you can use the next few weeks to collect and revise your poems into a collection. More details tomorrow. For today’s prompt, write...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Yesterday, the poetry publication Rattle shared a poem, “One of Those Topics I Shouldn’t Talk About,” by my wife that they’d published years ago. It was a pleasant surprise and a good read. So I’m sharing it here for anyone who’s interested in reading. Click to read. For today’s prompt, write an open letter...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

Whew! The final three days! Where has this month gone? For today’s prompt, take the phrase “It Was a (blank) and (blank) Night,” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “It Was a Dark and Stormy...