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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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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

It’s not too late to catch up, but for those who are already on day three: Great job! After today’s poem, you’ll be a whole 10% through the month. We’re going to poem this month out! For today’s prompt, write a “the last time I was here” poem. Imagine you’re returning to a spot...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

What’s more challenging than taking that first step? Taking a second step. Let’s keep November going. For today’s prompt, write a “news of the day” poem. The poem should use some sort of recent news event as a springboard. It can be a news story from today (this morning), but it doesn’t have to...

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Nancy Posey: Poet Interview

Our next Top 25 poet from the 2013 April PAD Challenge is Nancy Posey. She’s one of the more active poets on this blog, but she’s also an incredible reader. Tammy and me watched her and Jane Shlensky in Hickory, North Carolina, last year–and it was a great experience. Since Nancy is a previous...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Let’s get some poeming done this month! For today’s prompt, write an appearing poem. This could be a poem about something (or someone) appearing out of nowhere. Or it could be about appearances–appearing one way to some people; appearing another way to others....

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 243

We’re two days from beginning the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Click here to read the guidelines. As such, this will be the final Wednesday Poetry Prompts post until December 4, because, well, we’ll be doing prompts and poems every single day of November. Can’t wait! For this week’s prompt, write a hiatus poem....

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5 Tips for Organizing Poetry Chapbook Manuscripts

With another November PAD Chapbook Challenge about to start, I thought I’d share some tips I’ve picked up over the years on assembling poetry collections, especially chapbook-sized manuscripts. These tips aren’t for formatting or promoting–just some food for thought on organizing the poems. Here are five tips for organizing a poetry chapbook: Best poems....

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William Preston: Poet Interview

This week’s featured poet didn’t only make the Top 25 list for the April PAD Challenge, he was also named Poet Laureate for 2013. Please welcome William Preston! William Preston is a medical writer and editor for the Department of Radiation Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California. He has written poetry...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Lai Winner

I had some reservations about attacking the lai, because of the short lines and repetitive rhymes. I was worried the poems might be too stilted, but as usual, I was pleasantly surprised by the variation of topics and tactics for wrangling with this nine-line French form. Great job to everyone who participated! As usual,...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 242

For this week’s prompt, write a circus poem. It could be a three-ring circus, media circus, flea circus, or any other interpretation. It could be about people in the circus or those watching the circus. It could be about animals, clowns, tents, vendors, peanuts, etc. Here’s my attempt at a circus poem: “How to...

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Beth Copeland: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Beth Copeland to the Poetic Asides blog. I first came across her work last year when I judged a North Carolina book contest. Her book, Transcendental Telemarketer (BlazeVOX), was among the finalists. Beth Copeland lived in Japan, India, and North Carolina as a child. Her book Traveling Through Glass...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Somonka

It’s time for another poetic form challenge. If you’re wondering where the lai results are, don’t worry: I’m nearly finished with them, and they should be posted later this week. As regular blog readers may have guessed, we’ll be writing the somonka this time around. It’s traditionally a collaborative poem–so I’ll be giving extra...

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Raina Masters: Poet Interview

It’s time for another featured poet/poem from the 2013 April PAD Challenge. Every Friday, we’ll roll out another poet and poem from the Top 25. This week, I’m happy to introduce Raina Masters for her poem “Fire takes care of bad memories, too.” Raina Masters writes poems, occasionally shares them and is hoping to...

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Somonka: Poetic Forms

The somonka is a Japanese form. In fact, it’s basically two tankas written as two love letters to each other (one tanka per love letter). This form usually demands two authors, but it is possible to have a poet take on two personas. Click here for a refresher on the tanka. Here’s an example...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 241

In case you haven’t seen it yet, I just wanted to share the first blog post review of my debut poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems. It touches on many of the things I was trying to do with my collection, so that was gratifying. Click here to read the review. For this week’s...

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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....