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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!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 268

Robert Lee Brewer

In case you missed it, I have another poem posted at Kind Over Matter (they accepted three poems a while back–so a third one will go live sometime in the future too). … Read more

Golden Shovel: Poetic Form

Robert Lee Brewer

Earlier this year, I came across a mention of the “golden shovel” form created by Terrance Hayes and made a note to check it out. I’m so happy I did, because it’s … Read more

Judith Skillman: Poet Interview

Judith Skillman

Please welcome Judith Skillman to the Poetic Asides blog! Judith Skillman is the author of fourteen collections of poetry. Her latest book is Broken Lines—The Art & Craft of Poetry, Lummox Press. … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 267

Robert Lee Brewer

For this week’s prompt, write a TV-inspired poem. It can be a poem about a game show, talk show, news show, or an entertaining series. The poem can be about commercials, remote … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Bref Double Winner

Robert Lee Brewer

Thank you for all the bref doubles earlier this spring! They were a lot of fun to read–and I’ve been having fun trying to write some more on the side. Something about … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 266

Robert Lee Brewer

If you haven’t seen it, I had a poem published over at Kind Over Matter this past weekend. Click here to read it. For this week’s prompt, write a poem of industry. … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 265

Robert Lee Brewer

Sorry for the late prompt. It’s just “that time of the year,” I guess. Putting books together, reading through poems, getting ready for week-long camps with the kiddos–oh yeah, and buying a … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 264

Robert Lee Brewer

For this week’s prompt, use a new(er) word in a poem. Merriam-Webster recently added 150 new terms to its collegiate dictionary, including tweep, hashtag, selfie, unfriend, paywall, big data, social networking, and … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 263

Robert Lee Brewer

What an up and down week I’ve had! While it started on the down side, it’s definitely finished way up. Last night, our bid was accepted for the house we want (it’s … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 262

Robert Lee Brewer

I apologize for the tardiness of today’s prompt; I had some unexpected news last night that I’m still trying to process. That said, it did inspire this week’s prompt… For this week’s … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Bref Double

Robert Lee Brewer

Time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, we’ll be writing the bref double, a 14-line French poetic form that is not a sonnet. Like many French forms, there’s a … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 261

Robert Lee Brewer

Whew! After poeming every day in April, it feels a little awkward going a whole week without a prompt and poem, doesn’t it? But that’s okay, we’ve still got Wednesdays! For this … Read more

Bref Double: Poetic Form

Robert Lee Brewer

I’ve always been an admirer of French poetic forms, and I’m really digging the unusual flexibility offered with the bref double. It’s a quatorzain, which is any stanza or poem of 14 … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

Robert Lee Brewer

Whew! What a poetry challenge! Here are some raw numbers: 30 days 35 prompts (including 5 “Two for Tuesday” prompts) 21,515 comments (and counting) 30 guest judges 1 amazing month! So, what’s … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Jillian Weise

Ack! Today is the final day of the challenge! For people catching up, I’m giving a 5-day buffer between each day’s prompt–so the cut-off will be 11:59 p.m. on May 5 (Atlanta, … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Adam Fitzgerald

Here’s a quick behind the scenes of the April PAD Challenge: I always get the prompts set in stone before the month begins. There are a couple reasons for this, though the … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Triversen Winner

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Another poetic form challenge, another round of great reading–and tough decisions! The problem with these form challenges is not finding 10 great poems, but limiting it to 10–and then, choosing a winner. … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

Sandra Beasley (credit: Matthew Worden)

Note: Today is the final day to sign up for a special poetry boot camp with Daniel Nester. Learn how to free up your creativity with this special event. Click to continue. … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Jeannine Hall Gailey

I hope everyone’s having a great time with the challenge; I know I am! But I’m already looking ahead to what’s happening on the blog in May and beyond. I’ve interviewed more … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Amy King

Poetry is so much bigger than any one poet, genre of poetry, or school. It’s also bigger than any one blog or website. So I want to share a few of my … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

Erica Wright

There have been two new (really cool) developments in the April PAD Challenge this year: the guest judges and the anthology. Speaking of the anthology, there is a pre-order deal for 20% … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

Kristina Marie Darling

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day! My choice for a poem today is “The Problem Is With Semantics,” by Tammy Foster Brewer (yes, my wife!). If you want to learn more about … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

Erika Meitner

I’ve been having a wonderful April, and I hope you have too. Counting this morning’s poem, I think I’ve already written more than 30 poems this month (not all of my writing … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

Lawrence Schimel

A few people have sent me e-mail messages asking if I’m going to favor this type of poem or that type of poem; if I’m looking for this kind of poet or … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

Deborah Ager

Before we get started today, I just want to take a moment to thank all our guest judges for volunteering their time, energy, and talents to this year’s April PAD Challenge. Be … Read more

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