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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: 248

Happy New Year! I stayed up late with Tammy watching the Twilight Zone marathon and a few of the ball dropping programs near midnight. And that’s where today’s prompt is coming from… For today’s prompt, write a weird poem. Maybe it’s a twist ending or a person on another planet (or another time). Maybe...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 247

For today’s prompt, write a gift poem. Giving gifts, receiving gifts, coveting the gifts of others, admiring gifts, planning gifts, and so on. Consider this prompt a gift from me. Here’s my attempt at a gift poem: “Haiku” Each morning a gift– the outline of tree branches conducting bird songs. ***** Publish your haiku!...

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5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Bruce W. Niedt

For the final installment of the five-part series on favorite poetry collections, I’m happy to host Poetic Asides regular Bruce W. Niedt. He’s been involved with this blog so long that I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t commenting and/or sharing his love of poetry and other poets. Bruce is a career civil...

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Carole Cole: Poet Interview

Here’s the next installment of the Top 25 poet interview series related to the 2013 Poetic Asides April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge. In this post, I’m happy to share a poem by Carole Cole. Posted: No Trespassing, by Carole Cole The elegant Victorian on the corner has sat vacant for a decade, the purple paint...

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Shann Palmer Has Passed

[Update: Shann’s daughter, Alia Radabaugh contacted me via Facebook to correct a couple mistakes in my post. First, she did not suffer two heart attacks. What I thought was the first heart attack was actually an arrhythmia caused by a virus that revealed heart damage during ECGs. Second, her heart attack occurred on December...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 246

Another Wednesday, another poetry prompt. Yay! But before we get to the prompt, I just wanted to share that a few of my poems have been published in the most recent issue of Poets|Artists (along with a poem by my wife Tammy and Poetic Asides regular Laurie Kolp). Click here to check out the...

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5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Kelli Russell Agodon

Here’s part four of the five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll shine light on collections that absolutely need to be read (by the way, check out my 5 best books of 2013). This week, please welcome Kelli Russell Agodon! ***** When Robert...

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Ian Chandler: Poet Interview

Here’s the next Top 25 poet from the 2013 April PAD Challenge (the November Challenge sort of knocked me off track): Ian Chandler. Ian’s poem “and your hands shook” is compact and packs a punch. Ian is currently attending Malone University with a double major in creative writing and philosophy. He loves to read,...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 245

For this week’s prompt, write an antique poem. It could be about or involve physical antiques. Or maybe the poem addresses an antique way of thinking, acting, etc. Here’s my attempt at an antique poem: “Elegy for the Card Catalog” My children don’t know you, the tactile sense of searching for the perfect book....

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5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Hannah Stephenson

Here’s part three of the five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll help shine light on collections that absolutely need to be read. This week, please welcome Hannah Stephenson. ***** Here are five poetry collections I often return to. The Man Suit, by...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 244

I hope everyone had a fun and successful November of poeming. I know I did. Now, it’s time to get back to our Wednesday poetic gatherings (until April’s poem-a-day challenge). For this week’s prompt, write a fog poem. The poem can be about a fog. It can incorporate a fog. Or it can delve...

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5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Tom C. Hunley

Here’s part two of the five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll help shine light on collections that absolutely need to be read. This week, please welcome Tom C. Hunley. ***** A few years ago in a lecture at a writing conference, Robert...

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Save on Your Poetry References

Today, the Writer’s Digest online shop is doing it’s an annual big sale that involves books, OnDemand webinars, and more discounted at 50% off their normal prices. It’s kind of a big deal. For instance, a poet who hasn’t purchased the 2014 Poet’s Market yet could get a copy today for only $15. All...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Here we are: The final day, the final prompt. Ack! What’ll we do tomorrow? Well, okay, we’ll probably rest tomorrow. But if you’re full of energy, you can start working on your chapbook manuscripts. Click here for a reminder of the challenge guidelines. For today’s prompt, write a disappearing poem. Simple as that. Just...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Look: I know what today is: It’s “Black Friday,” and there are all kinds of sales all over–people getting into fist fights over the most popular toys and deeply discounted hotdog rollers and stuff. I get it, I understand. But if you want to get an amazing gift for friends and family without leaving...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

For those of you living in the States, Happy Thanksgiving! For those of you living outside the States, Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for everyone who’s been poeming along this month, whether in the comments below or silently at home (I see you standing over there in the corner). Thank you! For today’s prompt,...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

We’re getting down to the final days of this challenge, but don’t use that as an excuse to ease up on the gas pedal. Rather, put the pedal to the metal and rock these final few prompts! For today’s prompt, write a local poem. By local, I’m thinking of something that happens or has...

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5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Jessie Carty

Beginning this week, I plan on have a five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll help shine light on collections that absolutely need to be read. Our first poet is Jessie Carty. ***** When Robert asked me about picking my five favorite poetry...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

Today is the final “Two for Tuesday” prompt of November. Let’s make the most of it. Here are the prompts: Take the phrase “Free (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: “Free Bird,” “Freedom...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

I have a confession to make: I’m in Ohio right now with limited access to the Internet. As such, I’m not able to share each day’s prompt on social media sites like I usually do. Soooo… I’m asking a favor: Could you share today’s prompt (and the rest of the prompts this month) on...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

I hope everyone’s having a good experience with this year’s challenge. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with many of the poems I’ve written–and excited by many of the poems I’ve read by others (and I’ve read a lot). I’m hopeful that I’ve made some good progress on a chapbook manuscript myself this time around. For...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

We’ve only got a week of November left. Let’s roll up our sleeves and make the most of it. For today’s prompt, write an “I shouldn’t be here” poem. You can decide where you shouldn’t be: maybe it’s a place, maybe it’s a time, or maybe (just maybe) it’s a state of mind. Shake...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words: ideogram remora casket eclipse selfie wretch Use the words in the title of your poem, in the body of your poem, and feel free to play with them (by which, I mean, make them plural, past tense, etc.). Here’s...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

Today marks three weeks! That’s pretty special, if you ask me. So let’s take our poeming to another level today (whatever that means). Also, I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned on here that my book, Solving the World’s Problems, was reviewed recently by Wild Goose Poetry Review. Whether I have or not, click here...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

After today’s poem is done, we’ll all be 67% of the way through this challenge. That’s right! We’re nearing the finish line on this poeming intensive. If you’ve been gliding through the month, keep that form. If you’ve been struggling, take heart, dig deep, and push for the finish! For today’s prompt, take the...