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!

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 259

For today’s prompt, write a poem from inside another person’s skin. Sound icky? Well, I’m talking more like metaphorically. For instance, pretend to write a poem from the perspective of Walt Whitman, Amelia Earhart, or that strange looking guy on the bus. Use this prompt to get outside of your own persona and into...

Robert Lee Brewer

Triversen: Poetic Form

I found references to the triversen this week in both online and print resources. It’s a fun poetic form developed by William Carlos Williams (one of my favorite poets–able to write both the concise, “The Red Wheelbarrow,” and the epic, Paterson). I like this form because of its flexibility. Here are the triversen rules:...

Jane Shlensky

Jane Shlensky: Poet Interview

Jane Shlensky likely doesn’t need an introduction on the Poetic Asides blog, but I’m going to give her one anyway, because she deserves it. Not only is Jane a fine poet (read her Top 10 sijo here), but she’s also one of the “encouragers” on this blog. Jane is also part of a faction...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sijo Winner

Well, well, well. I had a lot of fun reading through all the sijo entries. Last time I checked, there were 606 comments. Not all of those were poems, of course. So I “only” read maybe 300-ish sijo, right? But I’m not complaining; it was a lot of fun–and even prompted me to start...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 258

A little later with the prompt today, but that’s only because I’m shaking off a poetry hangover from last night in Hickory, North Carolina. Happy to report that I met long-time Poetic Asides person, Alessa (or AC) Leming last night. Plus, a few other familiar names in Scott Owens and Helen Losse–and many, many...

Sara Tracey

Sara Tracey: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming poet Sara Tracey to Poetic Asides. Sara is the author of Some Kind of Shelter (Misty Publications, 2013) and Flood Year (dancing girl press, 2009). Her work has recently appeared in Vinyl Poetry, The Collagist, Harpur Palate, Passages North, and elsewhere. She has studied at the University of Akron,...

Taylor Graham and her dogs.

Taylor Graham: Poet Interview

The next poet in the Top 25 series from the 2013 April PAD Challenge has made herself known so well that I feel she doesn’t need an introduction. But here’s the thing: Taylor Graham is not a person who talks much about herself; rather, she just writes incredible poems. In addition to making the...

Poem Your Heart Out

2014 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

Well, this year will be the 7th annual April PAD Challenge on the Poetic Asides blog, and I’ve never been more excited about it. This year we will make something happen that I’ve wanted for a long time, but I had to wait for the right conditions: More on that below. First things first,...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 257

It’s been a little quiet at Poetic Asides the past week or so–but that’s only because I’ve been getting all my ducks in a row for the 7th Annual Poetic Asides April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge. There is some truly exciting things coming together for this year’s challenge, and I hope to be able to...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 256

The temperature is supposedly bottoming out today (20-ish degrees colder than yesterday). I don’t know, because I haven’t been outside yet. But it does “sound” cold. Before jumping into today’s prompt, I want to share a link with you for the final issue of Hobble Creek Review; I was fortunate enough to have four...

Pamela Klein

Pamela Klein: Poet Interview

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that many poets follow Poetic Asides by reading what everyone else is doing, and they either play along anonymously in the shadows or don’t play at all–but they watch and read. Pamela Klein is one such poet. She says, “This was the first year I participated,...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 255

For today’s prompt, write a handheld poem. Whether it’s video games, smart phones, or soft tacos, the world is filled to the brim with things that can be held in one hand (or both). Consider the handheld and write your poem. Here’s my attempt at a handheld poem: “Two Hands” In one hand, I...

Annie Newcomer

Annie Newcomer: Poet Interview

Please welcome Annie Newcomer as the latest poet interview in the Top 25 series of poet interviews from the 2013 April PAD Challenge! Here’s Annie’s account of getting started writing: “In 2005 cancer unexpectedly claimed my brother, John Klier, a renowned Russian historian, Jewish scholar and popular professor. While in shock, my husband and...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 254

Duluth, Georgia, is shut down for the second day in a row. Yesterday, it was for the threat of ice; today, it’s for the actual ice. It’s pretty, but I’m not going out in it–and I hope my power doesn’t go out as a result of it later today. If you haven’t seen it...

Gloria Watts

Gloria Watts: Poet Interview

For those wondering, yes, the November PAD Challenge results are almost finished. In fact, I’m planning to release the results tomorrow (as long as we still have power in these parts). Also, don’t forget to try your hand at writing sijo: click here to check out the latest WD Poetic Form Challenge. Gloria Watts...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 253

I try to plan out prompts ahead of time, because it’s hard enough to think of a poem on the spot. When I looked at today’s prompt, I had to laugh, because it’s something I won’t be doing today–since I’ve been summoned for jury duty. For today’s prompt, write a work poem. It can...

Rachel Gurevich

Rachel Gurevich: Poet Interview

Quick note: The results for the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge have been delayed, but I’m getting close to make final decisions. Out of more than 80 submissions, I’ve narrowed the field to around a dozen final contenders. I hope to roll out the results later this week. From the November challenge to the...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 252

Before today’s prompt, be sure to check out this interview with me over at the Poets and Artists website, in which I’m asked 10 questions, including which poem I’d like read at my eulogy, the saddest poem I’ve ever read, what I’ll never write a poem about, and more. Click here to read the...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 251

For today’s prompt, write an elsewhere poem. Maybe elsewhere is a physical place–like Ohio instead of Georgia. Maybe elsewhere is a season–like summer instead of winter. Maybe elsewhere is a state of mind–like happy instead of depressed. Whatever your elsewhere write it today (and through the week). Here’s my attempt at an elsewhere poem:...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sijo

You knew it was coming–the next WD Poetic Form Challenge! This time around, we’re trying out the sijo, a three-line Korean poetic form. It’s more lyrical than a haiku, and there are more syllables. Click here to read how to write a sijo. Once you down the rules of sijo, start writing them and...

Robert Lee Brewer

Sijo: Poetic Form

While the sijo poetic form is new to Poetic Asides, it is actually older than haiku. This Korean poetic form is only three lines long, but a lot is packed into those three lines. Here’s a quick rundown: 3 lines in length, averaging 14-16 syllables per line (for a poem total of 44-46 syllables)....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 250

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s poeming time. But first, check out the winner of the somonka challenge. Also, Tammy and me will be reading at various locations for the Austin International Poetry Festival (April 3-6); if you live in the area (and even if you don’t), consider making it out for a poetry experience...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Somonka Winner

This post has been a long time coming. I posted the original challenge on October 21 with a deadline of November 10. Usually, I’d have the results earlier, but some decisions were made with the magazine that afforded me some extra time–which I’m glad to have received. I know I say it every time,...

Taisha Cooke

Taisha Cooke: Poet Interview

It’s time for another Top 25 poet interview from the April PAD Challenge (playing a little catch up after the holiday season). For this round, we have Taisha Cooke, who wrote a short, but very effective poem titled “Bad Timing.” Taisha was born and currently resides in Philadelphia. After working on a degree in...