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!

September 2015 Writer's Digest

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Minute Poem

You knew it was coming. It’s time for the WD Poetic Form Challenge: Minute Poem. Find the rules for the minute poem by clicking here. It’s a pretty fun form and only 60 syllables. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance to be published in...

Poet's Market 2016

Call for Submissions: Poet’s Market 2017

It’s that time of year again. The new 2016 Poet’s Market is hitting bookshelves, which means it’s time for me to start figuring out the 2017 Poet’s Market–and I need your help! Running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 31, 2015, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the 2017 Poet’s Market....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 323

For this week’s prompt, write a hesitation or hesitant poem. I’ll admit that I was initially hesitant to use this prompt, but that hesitation, in a way, signaled to me that I should go ahead with it. After all, aren’t our lives filled with hesitations–large and small? ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have...

Robert Lee Brewer

Minute Poem: Poetic Forms

Before we dive into the poetic form, I just wanted to remind folks about the upcoming poetry event in Hickory, North Carolina. I’ll be there, along with several more talented poets. Click here for more information. ***** Some forms have a long, exotic history. Some forms are relatively new, but have a well-known founder....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 322

For today’s prompt, write a little poem. That is, write a poem of 10 lines or fewer. If you normally write long poems, do so in the first draft. Then, start deleting lines. Don’t worry; you can always save the longer version on your computer (or in your notebook). ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 321

I had a different prompt in mind for today, but how many times do you get to have a 3-2-1 prompt? (The answer is once.) Plus, it’ll be like three years until the numbers are counting down like this again. Sooo… For today’s prompt, write a countdown poem. What are you counting down to?...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 320

Poetry serves many purposes. It can be entertaining; it can communicate; it can help change minds and hearts; but it can also be cathartic. Heck, some of the best poetry can do all this and more in the same poem. Today’s prompt is to write a gripe poem. Do you have a gripe with...

Poet's Market 2016

2016 Poet’s Market Is Here!

While I don’t have a copy on my desk just yet, the 2016 Poet’s Market should be launching any day now. It’s the 29th annual edition, and my 7th go-round with the book. Order your copy today! The 2016 Poet’s Market is the latest and greatest edition. Here are a few reasons why: Updated...

Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics: Monday Market Spotlight

Throughout this Monday Market Spotlight series, I’ve been trying to identify opportunities that are great for poets. This week’s spotlight fits that description as a well-respected and poetry-only publication: FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics! FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics is only published twice per year, but they make up for quantity with quality. Plus,...

Periodic Table of Poetic Elements

The Science of Poetry (Guest Post)

Today’s post comes from Walt Wojtanik, who proposed writing a guest post about the relationship of science and poetry, inspired by a prompt from the 2015 April PAD Challenge. He explores how poetry helps our understanding of science, history, art, music, and more. Plus, Walt includes a pretty impressive Periodic Table of Poetic Elements....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 319

Sorry for the late prompt this Wednesday. Busy morning. But the great thing about this prompt is that it always gets posted eventually. For this week’s prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words: paddle robot custard quibble glance wrench If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably try to...

The Georgia Review

The Georgia Review: Monday Market Spotlight

After a few weeks off, it’s time to bring back the Monday Market Spotlight series. This week’s spotlight is in my neck of the woods: The Georgia Review! The Georgia Review just re-opened their submission period–as they do not read between May 15 and August 15 each year. A quarterly publication published by The...

Poet's Market 2016

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Decima

Time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge. We’re going to attempt the decima this time around. Find the complete guidelines for this Spanish 10-liner by clicking here. If you read the comments, you’ll find some helpful (and advanced) insights from Pedro Poitevin as well. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog...

Fatima Hirsi

Fatima Hirsi: Poet Interview

Maybe because I’m a parent of young children, I don’t get out to local poetry events as much as I’d like. Whatever the reason, I usually meet poets online before I ever meet them face-to-face (btw, click here to learn about the Face-to-Face event in September). However, today’s interview is with a poet I...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 318

I got out of bed early this morning to try and catch some of the Perseid meteor shower, but my eyes were (and still are) too sleepy to view anything. And then, I couldn’t get back to sleep–so here we are. Today’s prompt is to write a tired poem. It could be a sleepy...

Nancy Posey

Nancy Posey: Poet Interview

As some of you already know, Nancy Posey and Jane Shlensky are putting on the first ever face-to-face event focused on the Poetic Asides community (click here to learn more). Nancy had a few ideas for spreading the word, and I thought an interview would be a great way to handle it. A native...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 317

Yes, I’ve started releasing winners from the 2015 April PAD Challenge, and yes, we still have a long way to go, but you got to start somewhere, right? Check here every so often to see the results as they become available. Also, a new poetic form: the decima. For today’s prompt, take the phrase...

Poem Your Heart Out, Volume 2

2015 April PAD Challenge: Results

[Update (2/10): I apologize for the extended delay on the results, but it is what it is. We’re finally there! Now that we have all the winners, the wheels are turning on the anthology. More details on that soon.] While my preference is to unload all the results at once, I also don’t want...

Robert Lee Brewer

Decima: Poetic Forms

For those interested, I’m in the midst of putting together a results post for the April PAD Challenge. It won’t have a whole lot of results, but it will include some winners–and we’ll add as they come in (like last year). Keep an eye out for it. But first… Let’s look at the poetic...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 316

For today’s prompt, write an open poem. The poem could be about physically opening something: a garage door, a bottle of soda, or your mouth. The poem could also go the metaphorical route of opening a can of worms or Pandora’s box. Or if you’re into golf or tennis, writing about the U.S., French,...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dodoitsu Winner

This was a fun challenge to judge. First off, there were so many dodoitsu entries. Second, they’re all short, which means it’s kind of like poetic popcorn. That said, the competition was fierce. I had to go through several rounds of getting the list down to a top 10; there were 40 dodoitsu that...

Jacqueline Woodson

Poetry at the Writer’s Digest Conference!

It’s true that the annual Writer’s Digest Conference is a super-powered conference devoted to writers getting their fiction and nonfiction published. Super stars of publishing and promotion are in attendance, including agents Donald Maass and Janet Reid, authors Hallie Ephron and Jonathan Maberry, promotion gurus MJ Rose and Dan Blank, and so many more....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 315

Before we jump into this week’s prompt, I just want to take a moment to update people who are interested (quite a few, I know) in the April PAD Challenge results. I still don’t have much to report, so I don’t want to spend a whole blog post on it. However, I do hope...

Kimberly Jackson

Kimberly Jackson: Poet Interview

One of my favorite things to do on this blog is shine the spotlight on other poets and their work, and it’s even more fun when they’re regulars on this blog. Such is the case for Kimberly Jackson. Kimberly Jackson is a former academic who now reads and performs poetry and flash fiction just for...