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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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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...

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Aaron Belz: Poet for Hire on Craigslist

Aaron Belz is no stranger to the Poetic Asides blog. He’s been interviewed here after his Lovely, Raspberry collection was released, and he participated in my Google+ Hangout experiment in April. But I just had to bring him back after his latest stunt on Craigslist. He recently opened an ad on Craigslist to sell...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 232

Sorry for the late prompt today. Busy, busy morning. Totally unrelated, I just wanted to share this list of the Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry put together by Seth Abramson for Huffington Post (click to read the list). I made the list, though I always feel like it’s a team effort–what we accomplish...

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Victoria Chang: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Victoria Chang to Poetic Asides! It’s rare we get a poet with degrees from Harvard University and Stanford Business School, but Victoria has degrees from there, in addition to the University of Michigan and an MFA in Poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Victoria recently released...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Gwawdodyn

It’s time for another poetic form challenge, and this time we’re focusing squarely on the 4-line Welsh form, the gwawdodyn. Here are the basic rules for the gwawdodyn: Quatrain (4-line stanza) with an a/b rhyme scheme. First, second, and fourth lines have 9 syllables and rhyme with each other. The third line has 10...

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Securing Blurbs for a Poetry Collection

This is part 4 of an 8-part series on what I’ve gone through to get my debut full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, published by Press 53 (click here to learn more). Here are links to the previous posts: Part 1: Assembling and Submitting a Poetry Collection. In the beginning, there are poems...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 231

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “Holy (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles might include “Holy Moly,” “Holy Line Breaks,” “Holy Jeans,” and I’m sure plenty of other more colorful variations. Feel free to...

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Melissa Carl: Poet Interview

Please welcome Melissa Carl to Poetic Asides! Melissa is a teacher and poet who lives in York, Pennsylvania and Oak Island, North Carolina. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, magazines, and e-zines, including Blood Lotus, The Broken Plate Review, The Copperfield Review, Mouse Tales Press, Third Wednesday, and more. Her...

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Gwawdodyn: Poetic Forms

The gwawdodyn is a Welsh poetic form with a couple variations. However, both versions are comprised of quatrains (4-line stanzas) that have a 9/9/10/9 syllable pattern and matching end rhymes on lines 1, 2, and 4. The variations are made in that third line: One version has an internal rhyme within the third line....

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Promoting a Poetry Collection

This is part 3 of an 8-part series on what I’ve gone through to get my debut full-length collection of poetry, Solving the World’s Problems, published by Press 53 (click here to learn more). The first week covered assembling and submitting the collection; last week, I discussed the revision process after it was accepted;...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 230

Good morning, poets! I have a couple announcements this morning: First, I announced the the winner of the WD Poetic Form Challenge for the Cinquain yesterday. Click to continue. Second, the results of the April PAD Challenge are still coming along. My best guess is that they’ll be ready mid-August. Third, tomorrow (August 1)...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cinquain Winner

As I was going through all the cinquain submissions, I saw a few poets muse over how I must go through all the poems. So before I share the winner of this challenge, here’s a cinquain: How I Judge Form Challenges, by Robert Lee Brewer Not two by two, nor ten at a time,...

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Pushing a Poetry Manuscript to a New Level

This is part 2 of an 8-part series on the process I went through to get my debut full-length collection of poetry, Solving the World’s Problems, published by Press 53. Click here to start at the beginning, or feel free to continue reading this post. ****** On January 4, I received the incredible news...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 229

Sorry for the late prompt this morning. The Brewer family car nearly didn’t start when we took Tammy to the bus stop–so after dropping her off, we took a family trip to the local AutoZone to get a new car battery. Now the car starts fine again; yay! For today’s prompt, write a charged...