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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!

Linda Simoni-Wastila

Linda Simoni-Wastila: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 6. I hope you’re getting excited, because I am! Linda Simoni-Wastila writes from Baltimore, where she also professes, mothers, and gives a damn. You can find her poems and prose at Smokelong Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, Scissors and Spackle, MiCrow, The Sun, Blue Five Notebook, The Poet’s Market 2013, Hoot, Connotation...

George Smith

George Smith: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 7. Speaking of the April PAD Challenge, there’s some great news on the way. I’m still getting everything finalized, but we’re going to make the challenge fun times infinity. Speaking of fun, click here to check out an analysis of my “cold water” poem by the Retail MFAer. Fun...

Deri Ross Pryor

Deri Pryor: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 8. I’m always surprised by just how close we all are–often without knowing it. For instance, I drive up and down I-75 at least once a month, often stopping at the Richmond, Kentucky, exit 87. Little did I know, one of our Top 25 poets actually lives there. Deri...

Alana Sherman

Alana Sherman: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 9. I don’t know about you, but I love learning about other poets, especially the poets who hang out at the Poetic Asides blog. Alana Sherman, poet and teacher, lives in Woodbourne, NY, with her husband and dogs in an 1834 farmhouse, under constant renovation (sort of like her...

Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker: Poet Interview

As many of you know, the 2014 April PAD Challenge is just around the corner. Over the past few months, I’ve been sharing poet interviews with some of the Top 25 poets from the 2013 April PAD Challenge, but I wanted to save a few to do a kind of April PAD Challenge countdown–that’s...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Triversen

We’re going to try and get a WD Poetic Form Challenge going leading into the 2014 April PAD Challenge! This time around, we’ll be writing triversen, an 18-line poetic form developed by William Carlos Williams. Compared to many previous poetic forms, the triversen seems pretty “free,” but it’s not without rules. Click here to...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 259

For today’s prompt, write a poem from inside another person’s skin. Sound icky? Well, I’m talking more like metaphorically. For instance, pretend to write a poem from the perspective of Walt Whitman, Amelia Earhart, or that strange looking guy on the bus. Use this prompt to get outside of your own persona and into...

Robert Lee Brewer

Triversen: Poetic Form

I found references to the triversen this week in both online and print resources. It’s a fun poetic form developed by William Carlos Williams (one of my favorite poets–able to write both the concise, “The Red Wheelbarrow,” and the epic, Paterson). I like this form because of its flexibility. Here are the triversen rules:...

Jane Shlensky

Jane Shlensky: Poet Interview

Jane Shlensky likely doesn’t need an introduction on the Poetic Asides blog, but I’m going to give her one anyway, because she deserves it. Not only is Jane a fine poet (read her Top 10 sijo here), but she’s also one of the “encouragers” on this blog. Jane is also part of a faction...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sijo Winner

Well, well, well. I had a lot of fun reading through all the sijo entries. Last time I checked, there were 606 comments. Not all of those were poems, of course. So I “only” read maybe 300-ish sijo, right? But I’m not complaining; it was a lot of fun–and even prompted me to start...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 258

A little later with the prompt today, but that’s only because I’m shaking off a poetry hangover from last night in Hickory, North Carolina. Happy to report that I met long-time Poetic Asides person, Alessa (or AC) Leming last night. Plus, a few other familiar names in Scott Owens and Helen Losse–and many, many...

Sara Tracey

Sara Tracey: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming poet Sara Tracey to Poetic Asides. Sara is the author of Some Kind of Shelter (Misty Publications, 2013) and Flood Year (dancing girl press, 2009). Her work has recently appeared in Vinyl Poetry, The Collagist, Harpur Palate, Passages North, and elsewhere. She has studied at the University of Akron,...

Taylor Graham and her dogs.

Taylor Graham: Poet Interview

The next poet in the Top 25 series from the 2013 April PAD Challenge has made herself known so well that I feel she doesn’t need an introduction. But here’s the thing: Taylor Graham is not a person who talks much about herself; rather, she just writes incredible poems. In addition to making the...

Poem Your Heart Out

2014 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

Well, this year will be the 7th annual April PAD Challenge on the Poetic Asides blog, and I’ve never been more excited about it. This year we will make something happen that I’ve wanted for a long time, but I had to wait for the right conditions: More on that below. First things first,...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 257

It’s been a little quiet at Poetic Asides the past week or so–but that’s only because I’ve been getting all my ducks in a row for the 7th Annual Poetic Asides April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge. There is some truly exciting things coming together for this year’s challenge, and I hope to be able to...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 256

The temperature is supposedly bottoming out today (20-ish degrees colder than yesterday). I don’t know, because I haven’t been outside yet. But it does “sound” cold. Before jumping into today’s prompt, I want to share a link with you for the final issue of Hobble Creek Review; I was fortunate enough to have four...

Pamela Klein

Pamela Klein: Poet Interview

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that many poets follow Poetic Asides by reading what everyone else is doing, and they either play along anonymously in the shadows or don’t play at all–but they watch and read. Pamela Klein is one such poet. She says, “This was the first year I participated,...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 255

For today’s prompt, write a handheld poem. Whether it’s video games, smart phones, or soft tacos, the world is filled to the brim with things that can be held in one hand (or both). Consider the handheld and write your poem. Here’s my attempt at a handheld poem: “Two Hands” In one hand, I...

Annie Newcomer

Annie Newcomer: Poet Interview

Please welcome Annie Newcomer as the latest poet interview in the Top 25 series of poet interviews from the 2013 April PAD Challenge! Here’s Annie’s account of getting started writing: “In 2005 cancer unexpectedly claimed my brother, John Klier, a renowned Russian historian, Jewish scholar and popular professor. While in shock, my husband and...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 254

Duluth, Georgia, is shut down for the second day in a row. Yesterday, it was for the threat of ice; today, it’s for the actual ice. It’s pretty, but I’m not going out in it–and I hope my power doesn’t go out as a result of it later today. If you haven’t seen it...

Gloria Watts

Gloria Watts: Poet Interview

For those wondering, yes, the November PAD Challenge results are almost finished. In fact, I’m planning to release the results tomorrow (as long as we still have power in these parts). Also, don’t forget to try your hand at writing sijo: click here to check out the latest WD Poetic Form Challenge. Gloria Watts...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 253

I try to plan out prompts ahead of time, because it’s hard enough to think of a poem on the spot. When I looked at today’s prompt, I had to laugh, because it’s something I won’t be doing today–since I’ve been summoned for jury duty. For today’s prompt, write a work poem. It can...

Rachel Gurevich

Rachel Gurevich: Poet Interview

Quick note: The results for the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge have been delayed, but I’m getting close to make final decisions. Out of more than 80 submissions, I’ve narrowed the field to around a dozen final contenders. I hope to roll out the results later this week. From the November challenge to the...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 252

Before today’s prompt, be sure to check out this interview with me over at the Poets and Artists website, in which I’m asked 10 questions, including which poem I’d like read at my eulogy, the saddest poem I’ve ever read, what I’ll never write a poem about, and more. Click here to read the...