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Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides Blog

Are you passionate about writing poetry? Check out Robert Lee Brewer’s blog, Poetic Asides. You’ll find poetry prompts, solid tips on writing poetry, interviews with poets, and blog posts highlighting poetic forms like chant, haibun or nonet poems, rispetto, and prose poetry. Sit back, relax, and learn more about the craft of poetry!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 273

Robert Lee Brewer

There are only a few constants in my life: One of them is that I know I’ll share a prompt and poem on Wednesdays. I hope everyone is ready to let loose … Read more

Madrigal: Poetic Form

Robert Lee Brewer

The madrigal originated as an Italian form, actually as a pastoral song. The Italian madrigal is written in lines of either seven or 11 syllables and is comprised of two or three … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Golden Shovel Winner

Robert Lee Brewer

Thank you for all the golden shovels this summer! With more than 700 comments, I felt like I had to “dig out” of a pile of golden shovel amazing-ness. This form seemed … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 272

Robert Lee Brewer

I’m a little under the weather today, but that won’t stop me from poeming. In fact, I’ll use it as inspiration for this week’s prompt. For this week’s prompt, write a tough … Read more

Scaling in Nature Poetry

Daniel Roessler

This is the final installment of a three-part series on nature and poetry by guest Daniel Roessler. If you’d like the opportunity to be a guest on this blog, send your ideas … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 271

Robert Lee Brewer

Before we get to the prompt this week, a few things: first, don’t forget to write a golden shovel (or three) for the latest WD Poetic Form Challenge (click here for guidelines); … Read more

Relating Nature to Human, Social, and Urban Themes

Daniel Roessler

This is part two of a three-part series on nature and poetry by guest Daniel Roessler. If you’d like the opportunity to be a guest on this blog, send your ideas (and … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 270

Robert Lee Brewer

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “Blame (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Final Results

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First off, the final results are not yet finalized for all the days. That’s my fault. While I secured guest judges, I alone took on the burden of whittling down each day’s … Read more

Contemplating Nature’s Changing Role in Poetry

Daniel Roessler

Thursdays will be guest post days going forward on the Poetic Asides blog. Daniel Roessler will kick things off for the guest posts with a three-part series on nature. The other two … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 269

Robert Lee Brewer

Non-poetry announcement: The Brewer family moved into a house this past weekend. After years of cluttering up an apartment, we made the decision in late-April to start searching and–bam!–just like that we … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Golden Shovel

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Let’s get the next Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge kicked into high gear. As you’ve probably already deduced, we’re going to write golden shovels this time around. Click here to read the … Read more

Jason Tandon: Poet Interview

Jason Tandon

Please welcome Jason Tandon to the Poetic Asides blog! Jason Tandon is the author of three collections of poetry including, Quality of Life (Black Lawrence, 2013) and Give over the Heckler and … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 268

Robert Lee Brewer

In case you missed it, I have another poem posted at Kind Over Matter (they accepted three poems a while back–so a third one will go live sometime in the future too). … Read more

Golden Shovel: Poetic Form

Robert Lee Brewer

Earlier this year, I came across a mention of the “golden shovel” form created by Terrance Hayes and made a note to check it out. I’m so happy I did, because it’s … Read more

Judith Skillman: Poet Interview

Judith Skillman

Please welcome Judith Skillman to the Poetic Asides blog! Judith Skillman is the author of fourteen collections of poetry. Her latest book is Broken Lines—The Art & Craft of Poetry, Lummox Press. … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 267

Robert Lee Brewer

For this week’s prompt, write a TV-inspired poem. It can be a poem about a game show, talk show, news show, or an entertaining series. The poem can be about commercials, remote … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Bref Double Winner

Robert Lee Brewer

Thank you for all the bref doubles earlier this spring! They were a lot of fun to read–and I’ve been having fun trying to write some more on the side. Something about … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 266

Robert Lee Brewer

If you haven’t seen it, I had a poem published over at Kind Over Matter this past weekend. Click here to read it. For this week’s prompt, write a poem of industry. … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 265

Robert Lee Brewer

Sorry for the late prompt. It’s just “that time of the year,” I guess. Putting books together, reading through poems, getting ready for week-long camps with the kiddos–oh yeah, and buying a … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 264

Robert Lee Brewer

For this week’s prompt, use a new(er) word in a poem. Merriam-Webster recently added 150 new terms to its collegiate dictionary, including tweep, hashtag, selfie, unfriend, paywall, big data, social networking, and … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 263

Robert Lee Brewer

What an up and down week I’ve had! While it started on the down side, it’s definitely finished way up. Last night, our bid was accepted for the house we want (it’s … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 262

Robert Lee Brewer

I apologize for the tardiness of today’s prompt; I had some unexpected news last night that I’m still trying to process. That said, it did inspire this week’s prompt… For this week’s … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Bref Double

Robert Lee Brewer

Time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, we’ll be writing the bref double, a 14-line French poetic form that is not a sonnet. Like many French forms, there’s a … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 261

Robert Lee Brewer

Whew! After poeming every day in April, it feels a little awkward going a whole week without a prompt and poem, doesn’t it? But that’s okay, we’ve still got Wednesdays! For this … Read more

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