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Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Waiting for (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 might include: “Waiting for the Weekend,” “Waiting for People to Recognize My Genius,” and/or “Waiting for the New Star Wars Movie.”...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

For today’s prompt, write a strange poem. What is strange to one person may be completely normal to another and vice versa. So get strange, which may be normal, or be normal, which may be strange. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

For today’s prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words: relent, horrendous, artifact, lagoon, wobble, and plunder. If you want extra credit (and who doesn’t), try using all six! ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

William Carlos Williams is known for coining the phrase, “No ideas but in things.” So it’s sort of appropriate that today’s prompt comes a day after the idea prompt. For today’s prompt, write a thing poem. The poem can be explicitly about an item (I once published a poem about the anatomy of a...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

Sorry for the late start today. It’s been busy already. For today’s prompt, write an idea poem. Do all poems begin with an idea? I don’t know. Some of mine begin with an image or a sound, and the meaning emerges later (if at all). For this prompt though, have an idea, an epiphany,...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

Time for another Two-for-Tuesday prompt. Here are your options: Take the phrase “Ode to a (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Take the phrase “(blank) is for the Birds,” replace the blank with a word or phrase,...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

For today’s prompt, write a haunted poem. You could write a poem about actual ghosts, floating orbs, and spookedy spooks. But many people are haunted by memories, mistakes, music, and too much alliteration (or is that just me?). Whatever you’re haunted by, write it. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

After finishing today’s poem, we’ll be half-way through the month. Let’s do it! For today’s prompt, write a ritual poem. Getting up to write a poem each day is a sort of ritual, but most folks have so many others. For instance, a morning ritual of getting ready, an evening ritual of getting to...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

Well, we’re two weeks in now! That’s something! For today’s prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. An ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired by art, usually, though not always, images. I’m providing a few below: ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

For today’s prompt, write a memory poem. This is one of my favorite poem starters, not only because it’s a great way to mine for material–by looking at memories–but it can also be a great way to remember things previously forgotten. I’ve found that just taking a few moments to remember one thing lead...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “After (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 might include: “After the Music Stops,” “After Hours,” or “After I Finish Writing a Poem, I Write Another One.” ***** Re-create Your...

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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...