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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!

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...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

For today’s prompt, write a problem poem. The poem could be about a problem the narrator is suffering through, or someone else’s problem. Or a math problem. Here’s my attempt: “Still Burning” And that’s a problem because I don’t have any water to put out the flames or a flue for the smoke shooting...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Before today’s prompt, I just wanted to say thank you to Poetic Asides regular Cara Holman for featuring me on her Poet Showcase series. It’s really an honor, and I always feel so lucky to be associated with so many talented poets. Click here to read the post. For today’s prompt, take the phrase...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. The poem can be about an animal, just reference an animal, or well, however you’d like to handle writing an animal poem. Here’s my attempt: “Horse” What they called me in track, I suppose, because of my speed but also my long hair and steady approach. Many...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, write a poem about a sport. Pick any sport you want. And yes, feel free to bend and stretch the rules as far as you wish. Here’s my attempt: “Cross” In horse racing, there are horses that prefer a sloppy track–one covered in mud. My blood always raced faster when we...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, we’re faced with the final Two-for-Tuesday prompt of the month, which means we’re faced with these two options: Write a love poem. Write an anti-love poem. Here’s my attempt: “Feelings” In the morning, when we’re stumbling like zombies through taking showers or making lunches, I sometimes vent about how tired I’m...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

Somehow, we’ve only got a week left of poeming. So let it begin. For today’s prompt, write a morning poem. The poem can be about the morning, take place during the morning, or however you want to work the morning in. Here’s my attempt: “I Never Hear the Alarm” Always a hand on my...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, write a judging poem. This is a poem that could be judging others, or it is a poem being judged. I realize there is the opportunity for feelings to get hurt with this poem–so please be mindful of language, subject matter, and personal attacks. (If any lines are crossed, please send...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

For today’s prompt, write an under the microscope poem. By that, the poem could be about something actually under the microscope–like single-cell organisms or leaves–or it could be more like “being under the microscope” in other people’s eyes. Here’s my attempt: “Blood Work” Every vein, every blood vessel, every electron orbiting its nucleus–I was...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Let’s (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: “Let’s Fly a Kite,” “Let’s Party,” “Let’s Forget About That Last Poem I Wrote That Was a  Little Too Personal,”...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

For today’s prompt, write a life event poem. By life event poem, I mean a poem that takes place at or describes a life event, such as a wedding, birth, death, graduation, etc. There are so many possibilities. Here’s my attempt: “Birthday” Every year, you come; every year, I go and do something stupid...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

For today’s prompt, think of a favorite regional cuisine, make that the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. For instance, you may title your poem something like “Brunswick Stew,” “Deep Dish Pizza,” or “Jambalaya,” though the poem doesn’t exactly have to be about food. Here’s my attempt: “Jambalaya” Just add a...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

Today is a Two for Tuesday prompt day. Here they are: Write a science fiction poem. Write a fantasy poem. Here’s my attempt: “Invasions” First, robots, then came aliens with ray guns, more robots, and “coming in peace,” though we couldn’t believe them. *****