Let us go then, you and I…

I’ve always loved the opening to T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” What better way to open my first post for Poetic Asides, which I hope will be a springboard for poets to build a community and dialogue with each other. So why this blog?

As a poet myself who submits, who gets rejected, and who (sometimes) gets accepted, I plan to help share my experiences as a working poet. Hopefully, that leads to inspiration and comments that will allow us to share experiences and knowledge with each other.

As an editor who deals with other editors and publishing professionals, I plan to share news, insider views, and possibly interviews to help give a clear picture of the poetry “business” of things. I, of course, use the word “business” lightly, since poetry is almost never about the money, but more about the love of writing and sharing words and worldviews.

So thank you for reading this introductory post. Now, let us go, you and I to build a dialogue. This is your blog as much as it is mine and Nancy’s.





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17 thoughts on “Let us go then, you and I…

  1. Evelyn Frederick Moll


    The black furry puppy grabbed the acorn
    With a shake of his head he threw it in the air
    He padded it with his paw
    He pushed it with his nose
    He licked it with his tongue
    When the children approached, he buried it
    The tree grew
    The children called it dogtree
    The dog grew
    The black furry dog pulled on the tree’s leaves
    He rubbed against the bark
    He laid in its shade
    The black furry dog died quietly one day
    The grown children buried him next to dogtree

  2. Amy Tate

    Thank you for bringing this to us! Sometimes I feel I’m working in a lost art. It will be a joy to ride out this journey with you. Looking forward to it!

  3. Robert Brewer

    Thanks for the great feedback right out of the gates. This is exactly the kind of thing that will help us grow together.

    I’m definitely taking notes of things that people are interested in learning more about; Nancy and I will definitely try to address these in future posts.

    As you have questions, definitely comment on the most recent posts–even if the questions have nothing to do with the post. It’ll make it easier for us to keep track of what you want to know about, for sure.



  4. ken

    Great! I was just thinking today I should quit being so lazy and push some poems out the door, see what happens. Well, reading these poets already posted makes me want to get out there and have some fun with the gang. Very cool– Good Luck!

  5. Jerolyn Lockhart

    Wonderful idea! I haven’t spent much time with blogs, but this is one that I will check into frequently. I just self-published my first book of poetry, and am excited to have a community of poets to communicate with and get advice from.

  6. Sharon Smith

    Hello Robert! My name is Sharon, I write poetry, but I have never been published. I know noting about how to get started. I write to keep my sanity, and it truly helps! It is nice to be able to get my thoughts out, look at them and maybe learn a little something about myself. I think that the world of a poet can be a lonely plce st times. I am curious to see what I can learn from you!

  7. Tina Lyn

    Poets arise! What a wonderful idea. I am a frustrated poet with three complete but commercially unpublished books (I make my own copies and have actually sold a few). How nice to see a forum for poetry lovers. I hope to learn a lot here and make some new friends. Guidance and suggestions always welcome and appreciated!!! 🙂

    Love, Luck & Rainbows
    Tina Lyn

  8. Jean

    Welcome, welcome, welcome! This is certainly good news. I hope to be educated and inspired by both of you. I, too, do not write enough, Nancy. I am also hoping that this blogging will ignite the fire within to leap back to regular poetry writing. I’ve been writing poems since I was in grammar school but never really pursued it as an author. I have some poetry published, but don’t get paid for it. Maybe I can pick up some tips here. Thank you for being here.

  9. Ricky

    Hi guys! Great idea, I used to write alot of poetry many moons ago, then wrote songs lyrics for many moons, now I’m having a blast writing childrens short stories. About to publish. I miss writing poetry. This might just inspire me to start again. Thanks! ps… no I’m not Indian. lol

  10. Robin Keith

    As a former journalist, turned full-time Mom, who has written poetry for self-expression since childhood, I love this idea. I look forward to learning a great deal here!

  11. Don

    Hi Nancy/Robert,
    My toes are in the water, heck might as well just dive in. I am a sucker for a challenge and all that’s new.
    Where eagles fly,


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