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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!

Assembling and Submitting a Poetry Collection

Solving the World's Problems

As some of you may know, my debut full-length collection of poetry, Solving the World’s Problems, will be published by Press 53 on September 1 (click here to learn more). The entire … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 228

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For this week’s prompt, write an old poem. Now, I don’t mean take an already existing poem and pass it off as your own. However, I suppose you could re-write an old … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cinquain

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It’s time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge, and as you may have guessed, this time around we’re going to attack the cinquain. Click here to read my original post on the … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 227

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Hello, all! I’m on vacation this week, and I’m determined to do no work (well, almost no work). So in keeping with this week’s plan, here’s today’s prompt… For this week, write … Read more

Cinquain: Poetic Forms

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I love playing with poetic forms, especially when the rules aren’t so complicated that I have trouble keeping up with the technical issues of the poem. I can’t tell you how many … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Senryu Winner

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The cool thing about these short form challenges is that there are a lot of submissions. Of course, that’s also the challenging part of judging these, especially when so many are so … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 226

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We’re in the middle of summer now. Some heavy summer showers are crashing down right outside my window as I type. It’s a great morning to write a poem. For this week’s … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 225

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I’ve been busy this week taking a vacation to volunteer with day camp. So I’ve been leading around a bunch of 9-year-old Cub Scouts for 8 hours each day. It’s been a … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 224

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For today’s prompt, write a sinister poem. The narrator could be sinister, or something sinister could be happening to someone (or something) else. Here’s my attempt: “appearances” not everyone’s who they appear … Read more

Finding Success as a Poet

Robert Lee Brewer

Today, I announced my debut full-length book of poetry, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53), is available for pre-order on my publisher’s website (click here to learn more). It didn’t take long–about … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 223

Have fun getting wordy in June!

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “Entertain (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 222

Have fun getting wordy in June!

For this week’s prompt, write a child’s play poem. All of us were at one point children. Some of us may be lucky enough to still be children. Certainly, we all know … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 221

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Over the past weekend, I took Friday off work and “unplugged” myself from nearly all my electronics (except my phone, which I barely used) until Monday night. So four days and four … Read more

Deborah Hauser: Poet Interview

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Please join me in welcoming Deborah Hauser to the Poetic Asides blog. Deborah Hauser is the author of Ennui: From the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Feminine Disorders (Finishing Line Press, … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Senryu

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It’s been two months since our last poetic form challenge and the April PAD Challenge is over, so let’s get another one started. This time around, the challenge is to write senryu, … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 220

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Sorry for the late prompt today. Was finishing up some edits on Writer’s Market all morning. For this week’s prompt, write a late poem. I know, I know–how original! But seriously, write … Read more

Karen Rigby: Poet Interview

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Please welcome Karen Rigby to the Poetic Asides blog! Rigby is the author of Chinoiserie (Ahsahta Press, 2012), winner of the 2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, and of the chapbooks Savage Machinery and … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 219

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For today’s poetry prompt, write an “on the run” (or “on the loose”) poem. Could be a person on the run, or an animal, or even an idea. Here’s my attempt: “stopping … Read more

S. Thomas Summers: Poet Interview

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Please join me in welcoming S. Thomas Summers to the Poetic Asides blog. Summers is a teacher of Writing and Literature at Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, NJ and an adjunct … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 218

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For this week’s prompt, write a chapter poem. This could be the first chapter of a book…or last chapter. It could be the chapter of an organization. Or a chapter of your … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rispetto Winner

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It took awhile, but here’s the winner post for the most recent poetic form challenge: the rispetto. I enjoyed reading both versions, though I noticed most poets favored the 8×8 version, including … Read more

2013 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

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Okay, now that we’ve poemed, I’m looking forward to the next step, which is where poets pick five of their favorite poems from the April PAD Challenge and send them in to … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 217

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I hope to get the next steps for the 2013 April PAD Challenge up either later today or tomorrow, but in the meantime, we’ve somehow landed on a Wednesday already–first day out … Read more

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

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Today is the final day. We made it! Tomorrow, we’ll revert back to our Wednesday Poetry Prompts, though I won’t be surprised if quite a few poets take a breather. I’m also … Read more

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

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After today, there’s just tomorrow. How did we get through April so fast? For today’s prompt, take a line from one of your poems (preferably one of your April poems), make it … Read more

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