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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!

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Thomas Lux: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Thomas Lux to the Poetic Asides blog. Years ago, we talked after Tammy and I read some poems on the local stage of the Decatur Book Festival. He asked for my blog URL, saying he might find it useful. He was very nice and polite and mentioned he had...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

In a little over two weeks, we’ll begin another November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. In my mind, I always think of April as a free-for-all; November is when I try (though don’t always succeed) to write around a specific theme. Not that others have to do that. The November challenge is a little different...

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Larry Lawrence: Poet Interview

So as promised in the 2013 April PAD Challenge results post, I’m going to start featuring a poem and poet from the Top 25 every Friday between now and the next challenge. The first one to respond was Larry Lawrence, aka @TheAmericanPoet on Twitter. Larry was born and raised in South Jersey. He left...

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2013 April PAD Challenge: Results

Okay, results sounds kind of weird for the April PAD Challenge. It’s more of a re-cap, I guess, or a snapshot. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that what happens in the April PAD Challenge continues to ripple out beyond April and the blog. Poets have shared collections partially written from prompts...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 240

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “If You (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles might include: “If You Dare,” “If You Read Poetry,” “If Your Friends Jump,” etc. Here’s my attempt at an “If...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 239

For today’s prompt, write a normal poem. I know that’s kind of a silly thing to ask, but work with me here. You could write a poem that plays with “normal.” For instance, what makes a normal person? What constitutes a normal relationship? A normal day? A normal poetry prompt? Normal may be about...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 238

For this week’s prompt, write an “on the road” poem. It could be an “on the road again” poem, a la Willie Nelson; or it could be a special new trip. Or an unexpected excursion–good or bad, day or night, etc. Here’s my attempt at an “on the road” poem: “Festival” It’s always fun...

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This Week in Poetry: 001

Time to start a new feature. I’m not sure if this will stick or not, but it seems such a no-brainer that I should share links to poetry news I come across during the week. If this is interesting or helpful, let me know, and I’ll keep getting them together. Have a great weekend!...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 237

For today’s prompt, write an illusion poem. Could be about magic tricks, optical illusions, illusions of character, or wherever you wish to take it. Here’s my attempt at an illusion poem: “When the sun sets” He waves to the boys as they float from sight. Then, giant eagles descend that he rides to the...

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Call for Submissions: 2015 Poet’s Market

I originally posted this information on the WritersMarket.com blog, but since this one covers poetry exclusively, why not re-post here? If you have a great idea for an article pitch, I’d love to hear it. If not, you should at least be able to submit some poems for consideration. Running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta,...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Lai

Are you ready for the next poetic form challenge? I hope you are. This time, we’ll be writing the lai, a nine-line French form that utilizes the following “a” and “b” rhyme scheme: aabaabaab. The “a” rhyme lines have five syllables, the “b” lines offer two. Click here to read more about the lai....

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Gwawdodyn Winner

No joke; this was the most difficult form challenge I’ve ever had to judge. There are several outside the top 10 that deserve to be read multiple times. Believe me, I’ve done it, and I enjoy these poems the more I read them. All I can say is that the gwawdodyn is an incredible...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 236

For today’s prompt, write an appointment poem. Could be appointment as in a meeting time/place–such as a doctor’s appointment or dentist’s appointment–even a date night could be considered an appointment. Or it could be the type of appointment that’s like a position–being appointed the leader or to a certain type of duty (good or...

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Tom Lombardo: Poet Interview

Anyone who’s been reading my 8-part series on getting a poetry collection published will probably recognize Tom Lombardo’s name, since I mention him by name a few times. He’s my editor at Press 53. But some readers may remember that I’ve interviewed him on this blog in the past–years ago–for his poetry anthology, After...

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Moving Past the Poetry Collection

Here we are–the last part of the publishing process for my poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems–and I have a confession to make: It’s not really about the collection. Rather, this post is about what happens next. The first few years as an editor on the Market Book series, I found that I kept...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 235

For this week’s prompt, write a front poem. Front can mean many things. For instance, a cold front or hot front, front of the house, putting on a front (or disguise/display), storefront, waterfront, etc. Get to it! Here’s my attempt at a front poem: “beachfront” she says she’d like to hit the beach but...

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Kristina Marie Darling & Carol Guess: Poets Interview

This interview is a little different, because I have two interview subjects: Kristina Marie Darling and Carol Guess, who collaborated on the collection X Marks the Dress: A Registry. How exciting! Kristina Marie Darling has been interviewed on this blog before. She’s the author of 13 books, including Melancholia and Petrarchan. Her awards include...

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Releasing the Poetry Collection

While it feels like the book has been out for a while, yesterday (September 1) was the “official” release date. Initially, I thought I’d have some kind of long celebration post about releasing the book (yay! hooray! woot! etc.), but I just feel a little wiped out–in a good way (you know, that “wiped...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 234

Today’s prompt is inspired by a speech given 50 years ago today delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Click here to view the speech.) For today’s prompt, write a vision poem. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. I’m sure most poets have a vision of how to make the world a better place....

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Lai: Poetic Forms

The lai is another French form. It’s a nine-line poem or stanza that uses an “a” and “b” rhyme following this pattern: aabaabaab. The lines with an “a” rhyme use 5 syllables; the “b” rhyme lines have 2 syllables. It feels kind of like organized skeltonic verse. Here’s an example lai I wrote: “16,”...

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Pre-selling the Poetry Collection

A few weeks ago, I talked about gearing up to promote the poetry collection. Most of those efforts are meant to happen after the book is released. However, Press 53 also hosts “pre-order” events in which readers can get pre-order a copy of the book and have it signed by the author. So it...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 233

For this week’s prompt, write a poem about something in the room (or space) you’re sitting. The poem could be about a physical object in the room (or space). It could be a remembered or imagined event. If you’re outside, then you’ve got plenty of possibilities. However, I imagine a poem about a poet...

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Shaindel Beers: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Shaindel Beers back to the Poetic Asides blog. If you follow me on social media sites, you may already know Shaindel’s most recent book, The Children’s War and Other Poems, has become one of my favorites. Shaindel Beers’ poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and...

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Tying Up Loose Ends on a Poetry Collection

After writing the poems, organizing the poems, submitting the poems, getting an acceptance, blowing the collection up, promoting the collection, and securing blurbs for the collection, the poet’s job surely must be done…right? Not so fast. In my own case, I could start to see daylight in the publishing process, but there were so...