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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: 186

Before I get into today’s prompt, I just wanted to mention that I’ve got a call out for submissions for the 2014 Poet’s Market. Read the submission guidelines here. For this week’s prompt, write an operation poem. There are many types of operations. In fact, medical operations alone are so varied that a surgeon...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Nonet Winner

I have to admit I wasn’t sure whether to use the nonet for a WD Poetic Form Challenge at first. The main thing I worried about were those final three lines of three, two, and one syllables respectively. I wondered how much variety there could possibly be, but I was pleasantly surprised by the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 185

For today’s prompt, write a plea poem. Of course, a plea can mean a few different things. First, a plea can be an allegation leveled at someone. Second, a plea can be the defendant’s answer to the accusations (for instance, guilty or not guilty). Third, a plea can be an appeal. Here’s my attempt...

Nonet Poems: WD Poetic Forms Challenge

Time for another WD Poetic Forms Challenge. This time around, we’ll be writing nonet poems. Click the link for the rules related to this type of poem. Nonets are pretty easy to figure out. Start with a 9-syllable line and lose a syllable in each line after–all the way down to the 1-syllable 9th...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 184

I don’t know if my birthday has ever fallen on a Wednesday Poetry Prompt previously, but it has this year. It’s kind of nice to write a poem first thing on your birthday. For this week’s prompt, write a poem about something unexpected. Birthdays are usually expected affairs, but what happens on them could...

Nonet Poems: Poetic Form

Never heard of nonet poems? That’s all right. I’d never heard of them before trying to hunt down a new poetic form to cover earlier this week. Nonet Poems: The Rules The nonet poetic form is simple. It’s a 9-line poem that has 9 syllables in the first line, 8 syllables in the second line,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 183

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “This Is What (Blank) Looks Like,” 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 be: “This Is What Awesome Looks Like,” “This Is What a Poem Looks Like,” or “This Is...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 182

For this week’s prompt, write a patriotic poem. Whether you live in the United States or any other country, write a poem that pays tribute to your country. Or if you’re not feeling particularly patriotic, run it back the other way. Whichever direction you choose, please remember to respect the views and opinions of your...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 181

For this week’s prompt, write a good vs. evil poem. If that doesn’t appeal to your writing sensibilities, then make it a dog vs. cat poem or humanity vs. aliens poem. Pit something against something else. Here’s my attempt: “Man vs. Cookies” Sometimes I avoid the cookies; other times, I can’t help myself from...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Luc Bat Winner

I’ve come to realize one thing over the past week or so: I really like the luc bat form. It offers such an off-beat way to turn rhymes while still providing enough flexibility to deliver meaning as well. The top 10 luc bat poems (as well as many outside the top 10) all managed to...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 180

For this week’s prompt, write a straight line poem (yes, I’m playing off a 180-degree angle for the 180th Wednesday Poetry Prompt). There are several ways to tackle this prompt, including writing a poem about a straight line drive through Indiana or Iowa, drawing a straight line in the sand, or writing a poem...

Luc Bat Poems: WD Poetic Form Challenge

It’s time for another poetic form challenge from Writer’s Digest. This time around, we’ll be tackling luc bat poems, which are poems of alternating lines of 6 and 8 syllables with an intricate rhyme scheme. You’ll just need to check out my original post to see what’s involved, but I promise they’re fun after...

Luc Bat Poems: Poetic Form

The luc bat is a Vietnamese poetic form that means “six-eight.” In fact, the poem consists of alternating lines of six and eight syllables. This poem is interesting in its rhyme scheme that renews at the end of every eight-syllable line and rhymes on the sixth syllable of both lines. Here’s a diagram of how...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 179

Last night, I had the honor of leading a workshop and then reading poetry in Hickory, North Carolina, as part of Scott Owens’ Poetry Hickory reading series. Tammy read her poetry too. It was great to finally meet Jane Shlensky, Nancy Posey, Helen Losse, Jessie Carty, and other PA readers face to face.  For today’s prompt,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 178

I’ll have to be quick today, because I’m working Cub Scouts day camp all week. Speaking of camp… For this week’s prompt, write a camp-related poem. It can be about day camp, training camp, or outdoor camping. I guess you could even write a “campy” poem. Here’s my attempt: “Day Camp” Late to bed...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 177

For this week’s prompt, write a poem about something small. It could be a small baby, small town, or even a small gesture. Here’s my attempt: “Crick” Out back are bullfrogs and crawdads, dragonflies and back swimmers, and even a fat groundhog working its way through the weeds. It ain’t no river, but it’s...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 176 (Hairy Poems)

This morning, I shaved my head. It’s something I have to do frequently in this Georgia heat (definitely not in Ohio anymore). So with less hair on my head, it didn’t take me long to think up this morning’s prompt… For this week’s prompt, write hairy poems. The poem can be devoted to hair...

The 20 Best Poems for Kids

As a father of five children who loves to read to them at night, I’ve learned a thing or two about which poems play best for kids. In fact, I’d say there are three key types that appeal to kids the most: Short Poems Funny Poems Rhyming Poems This post links to several kids poems of...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 175 (Dessert Poems)

For this week’s prompt, write a dessert poem. The poem can be titled as a dessert. The main characters could be eating or waiting for dessert. Or dessert could just be hinted at in the poem. Of course, I’m expecting a variety of desserts to be mentioned. Happy poeming! Here’s my attempt at a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 174

For this week’s prompt, change the title of a book (that you may or may not like), make that the title of your poem, and then write your poem. The poem doesn’t have to mirror the book. Possible titles might include: “As I Lay Crying” (instead of As I Lay Dying), “The Great Pumpkin”...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tanka Winner

Some of you may remember that I offered a challenge within the April PAD Challenge last month. I tasked poets with tackling the tanka poetic form, and many of you responded with some great tanka poems. In fact, I had to read through hundreds of tanka to settle on a winner. Not sure what...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 173

Wow! It feels like we just finished writing a lot of poems, but it’s Wednesday–so let’s poem one more time. For this week’s prompt, write a vacuum poem. Seems like every time I finish a big project (or challenge) there’s this vacuum ready to suck me into it. So I have to keep moving,...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

Whew! Sorry for the late start, but it was nice to finally sleep in a little. Now that we’ve poemed, I’m looking forward to the next step, which is where poets pick five of their poems and send them in to me to read. I love this part, because I get to see all...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Well, this is it. Crazy as it seems to me, we’ve somehow reached the finish line on yet another poem-a-day challenge. Please tune in tomorrow for a list of instructions on turning in poems to be selected as the Poet Laureate or have a top poem for the month. For today’s prompt, write a...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

For today’s prompt, take a favorite line or image from an earlier poem this month and re-work it into a new poem. This is a fun exercise that I’ve used to successfully write new poems in the past. Here’s my attempt: “Cloudy with a chance of line breaks” We have a poem to write...