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Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. A poem that is either about an animal, involves an animal, or is from an animal’s perspective. Your choice. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension of...

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2015 October Platform Challenge Winner

Okay, so it’s not a competition for the winner of the 2015 October Platform Challenge. It’s a completely random drawing, but I’ve got to call the person something, right? So winner it is. 2015 October Platform Challenge Winner The winner for the 2015 October Platform Challenge is DMGbyrnes! At least, that’s the username on...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Today is a Tuesday, which means it’s a Two-for-Tuesday prompt day. For today’s prompt, here are your two options: Write a Technology Poem. Write an Anti-Technology Poem. So it’s pretty simple: Write a poem that involves technology or fights against it. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

There’s not much I can say about today except that it’s Monday. Let’s poem anyway. For today’s prompt, write a mistake poem. The poem can be about making a mistake; it can be about realizing a mistake was made; or it can relay someone else’s mistake. In the past, I’ve written poems about the...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

I hope everyone is having a great poeming experience so far this month. I know each day has been a bit of a surprise for me. For today’s prompt, write a submerged poem. When I first think of submerged, I usually think of water, but folks can also be submerged in work, depression, and...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

Believe it or not, we’re already a week deep in November. I’m still not sure where my poems are headed, though I definitely have a direction now and a compass. For today’s prompt, write a simmer down poem. This could be a poem about cooking, about calming down, about taking it easy. You get...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

Yesterday, I mentioned the narrative poetry anthology that Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey are getting together. However, three of my poems were recently published in one of my favorite online poetry publications, Otoliths. Click here to read all three of the poems. For today’s prompt, write a “we’re being watched” poem. Humankind has really...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

I’ve been writing narrative poems this month. It just so happens that Poetic Asides regulars Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey are assembling an anthology of narrative poems with a February 20, 2016. If you write narrative poems, you may want to have a look at submitting your work. Click here for the submission guidelines....

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

There’s no right or wrong way to attack the November challenge, but I have to admit that I like to take chances during this particular challenge. For instance, the poems I’ve been writing so far this month are a little more narrative and wordy than I typically write. But that’s okay! I’ll have December...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Sorry for the late start today. I’ve been struggling a bit with my poem, but that happens from time to time, right? Let’s get poeming! For today’s prompt, we’ve actually got a 2-for-Tuesday prompt. You can pick one prompt to follow, do both separately, or combine into one prompt. Your choice. Write a United...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

Great start to the November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge yesterday. If you missed the prompt, you can get it here. Themes are not a requirement for this challenge, but they can make it fun. Sometimes, I come in with one in mind; other times, it just kind of evolves. This year’s is starting to evolve,...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Time to start another poem-a-day challenge. Let’s get this party started! Let’s poem! For today’s prompt, write a day after poem. For instance, today is the day after Halloween in our house, but the poem could be the day after any event. Maybe it’s the day after a wonderful event, or it could be...

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Leave a Comment: Day 31 of the October Platform Challenge

There are actually two tasks today: The first is to write and post your fifth blog post of the month. Keep the momentum and consistency going. The other is… Leave a Comment For today’s platform-building task, leave a comment on this blog below describing your October Platform Challenge experience. Did you like it? Did...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Decima Results

The competition–as usual–was tight, but I’ve emerged from the decima challenge with a winner and Top 10 list. It took a few rounds to get there, but here we are with the decima results. Read all the decimas in the comments here. Here is the winner: Check-Out, by Pedro Poitevin I give to the...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 329

This will be our final Wednesday Poetry Prompt until December. As many of you already know, we do a poem-a-day challenge in November that is dedicated to getting material together for a chapbook manuscript. Click here to learn more about the 2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. For today’s prompt, write a “you should” poem....

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

Earlier this month, I had the honor of writing an endorsement for a collection of poetry by a poet I really admire. It’s not the first time I’ve had that privilege, and it likely won’t be the last. But this particular collection was very special to me, because it was a revised and expanded...

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Think SEO: Day 23 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Believe it or not, we barely have more than a week left of this challenge. Let’s make it a super great final stretch! Think SEO For today’s platform-building task, slow down and think a little about SEO (which is tech-speak for search engine optimization, which is itself an intelligent way of saying, “what gets...