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!

Solving the World's Problems

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...

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Assembling and Submitting a Poetry Collection

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 process of getting a poetry collection traditionally published was still foreign to me a year ago. So I’m going to re-live the...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 228

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 poem in a modern style or parody an older poem. Or the poem could be about an older individual, or an older...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cinquain

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 cinquain, but here are the basics of this form: Five-line poem. First line has two syllables; second line has four syllables; third...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 227

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 a summer poem. Summer can be a good thing–a relaxing time at the beach or on a deck reading a book, for...

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Cinquain: Poetic Forms

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 times I’ve flubbed up a sestina on the fourth or fifth stanza. So I’m happy to share the cinquain, which is a...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Senryu Winner

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 good. It’s amazing how big such a small poem can be. And the winner for this challenge is Michelle Hed! Congratulations! *****...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 226

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 prompt, write an informative poem. This poem could give directions, share news from the outside world, or in some other way inform...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 225

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 lot of work–but also a lot of fun. For this week’s prompt, write a poem about a challenging situation. Maybe it’s getting...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 224

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 even nice folks should draw near for i once knew a minister who was rather sinister dripping hot wax in our ears...

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Finding Success as a Poet

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 3 minutes on Facebook–for someone to start attacking the collection, my poetry, and me. I would chalk it up to some random...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 223

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 titles include “Entertain the Thought,” “Entertain the World,” “Entertain Guests,” and whatever other creative ideas everyone creates. I’m sure it’ll be “entertaining.”...