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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!

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Quatern Winner

One of the great joys of these poetic form challenges is having the ability to see how poets don’t just write a poem that has a certain set of rules, but instead, how they use those rules to their advantage to write something incredible–whether it’s a form poem or not. Such is the case...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 168 (Preparation Poems)

Okay, so I’m getting ready to attend my first AWP Conference ever in Chicago, which means that I still haven’t packed anything, and I’m scrambling to get as much work done as possible before forgetting half the things I should bring with me to the airport. Luckily, I don’t have to worry about forgetting...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 167 (Risk Poems)

For this week’s prompt, write a risk poem. That is, write a poem in which either the narrator, a character, or whatever takes a risk, or in which risk is involved. For those who like board games, yes, you can finally write that game about Risk that you’ve always wanted to do. Here’s my...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Quatern

A week ago, I explained the quatern. It’s a fun form that includes a refrain but not too many rules beyond that. (Click here to learn more about the quatern.) Anyway, I thought the quatern would be a fun form for tackling another WD Poetic Form Challenge. Anyone can participate by pasting their quatern(s) in the comments...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 166 (Thinking Poems)

Good morning! Over this past winter, I put together 8 e-books for writers that included some niche market guides, such as Horror Writer’s Market, Mystery Writer’s Market, and others. However, one of those e-books is titled Write Poetry Now: 366 Prompts for Poets. It includes many previous Poetic Asides prompts, as well as some new...

Types of Poetry Forms: Quatern

Today, I tried my hand at a new (to me) French poetic form that incorporates a refrain like in the villanelle and eight-syllable lines like in the kyrielle. Since I’m a big fan of refrains, I think this poetic form rocks. Quatern Poetic Form Rules This poem has 16 lines broken up into 4...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 165 (Dead End Poems)

For this week’s poetry prompt, write a dead end poem. By dead end, I just mean hitting a wall or road block in a physical or metaphorical sense. And to make things even more interesting, you can write what’s going to happen (or not happen) after hitting that dead end. Here’s my dead end poem: “Sparking Ideas” I...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Tritina Winner

These tritinas were fun to read. If sestinas are poetic marathons, these tritinas are like half-marathons (or even 10Ks). Sorry, the runner in me has to reach for that metaphor. As usual, it was tough to figure out a top 10, and even more difficult to pick the winner. But I think I made...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Update

Happy Groundhog Day! I was hoping to have the results of the most recent chapbook challenge ready for everyone today, but it’s not going to happen. Instead, the new announcement date has been set for March 10! By that date, I’ll have tied up some major tasks related to the Writer’s Market and Poet’s...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 164 (Habit Poems)

Good news! I’ve announced which poems will be published in the 2013 Poet’s Market. Check out the selections. For this week’s poetry prompt, write a poem about a habit. The habit could be one of yours–or that of someone else. The habit could be amusing or annoying. The habit could be, well, whatever you...

5 Ways How to Write a Poem

Okay, so there are probably about a million ways how to write a poem, but the five methods below help me when I’ve been stuck in a rut. If you have other ways to get those poems started, then feel encouraged to share in the comments below. Here are 5 ways how to write poetry:...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tritina

I’m so excited for this WD Poetic Form Challenge, because it’s like the sestina, but it’s much shorter. For some, this may make it easier; for others, maybe not. So what are the rules of this form? The tritina is composed of 3 tercets and a final line that stands alone. Like the sestina,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 163

For this week’s prompt, write a friend of a friend poem. This poem would be one in which you write about or in the voice of a friend of a friend. Why a friend of a friend instead of just a friend? Because there’s a certain distance you have in which you can take...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 162

Poetry relies on art as much as (or maybe even more than) craft to communicate. Sometimes, we need to look at the ugly sides of human nature to find the beauty in ourselves. Such is the case with a blog post written by poet Nin Andrews on the MNINB blog this morning: You Look...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 161

After getting bombarded with some unexpected projects at the end of 2011, I’m finally starting to catch up with 2012. It’s a pretty nice year so far, and I hope to start getting more Poetic Asides posts up through the rest of this month. As some of you may have noticed, I’ve ramped up...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 160

I hope everyone has had a great start to 2012! I’ve been catching up on work-related stuff after nearly 2 weeks out of the office. Plus, I have started up two new series on my other blog, My Name Is Not Bob, called Blissfully (a year-long series of personal stories from me to you)...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 159

I apologize for the extremely late Wednesday Poetry Prompt. In fact, it’s probably Thursday for most folks. I’ve been on vacation this week, which means I’ve been playing with my five kids all day–and I thought it was Tuesday. We’ll be back to a normal schedule in 2012! For this week’s prompt, write a new...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 158

For this week’s prompt, write a box poem. This poem is either about a box or includes a box somewhere in the poem (or title). Don’t be afraid to poem outside the box this week (sorry, I had to say it). “Box Turtle” We found it beside the road taking one methodical step after...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Haiku Winner

I’m glad I limited the haiku challenge to three days, because I don’t know if I could’ve made it through three weeks worth of submissions. I didn’t count, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn there were close to 1,000 haiku submitted! But don’t get me wrong, it was fun reading. With so many...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 157

For those who participated in the haiku challenge over the weekend, I just want you to know the results are still coming. I’ll make a post as soon as I’m able. For this week’s prompt, write a magical poem. There are many varieties of magic: good magic, black magic, Harry Potter magic, the magic...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 156

This is our first Wednesday Poetry Prompt since the 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. I hope everyone’s having fun getting their chapbooks together who participated. For this week’s prompt, write a “while you were gone” poem. We’ve been gone from the Wednesday Poetry Prompts since October–crazy as that sounds. But with the holiday season...

2012 Writer’s Digest Conference: Coming Soon!

One of the most popular conferences for writers in the country is just around the corner: The Writer’s Digest Conference on January 20-22 in New York City at the Sheraton New York Hotel. First, there are the sessions in which writers who are serious about the business of their writing can learn everything they...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haiku

After completing the recent November PAD Chapbook Challenge, a poet let me know he was relieved there were no poetic form prompts during the challenge. Usually, that’s something I’ll do on a Two for Tuesday prompt day–to give poets an “out” if they don’t want to tackle a form. However, I’m about to make...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

We made it. Day 30! Now scramble up to the peak with me and jump up and down in celebration. Another PAD challenge completed! Before the prompt, a couple quick notes: A Quick Note on Being Respectful. Check out this post from last night to understand what I don’t expect on this blog, but...