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!

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Slept in a little this morning, but I’m ready to go now. Click here for the Day 10 thread in the forum. Today’s prompt comes to us from Linda Hofke. Here’s Linda’s prompt: Since we have people all over the world (myself included) why not do a “use a foreign word” in the title...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

First off, click here to go to the Day 9 thread in the forum if the blog comments are too crazy for you. Today’s prompt comes from Sally Jadlow. Here’s Sally’s prompt: Use the phrase “When he’s gone…” for your poem. The phrase can be in the title. It can be the opening line–or...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

Quick note: I realize quite a few of you are having historic posting problems with this blog. If you fall under this category, I hope I’ve found a (hopefully) short-term solution by using the Writer’s Digest Forum. Beginning with today’s prompt, I’ll start a new thread for each day’s poem. Click here for the...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

UPDATE: As problems continue with the commenting, I’ve decided to open up a WD Forum thread for the first 7 days. Beginning with tomorrow’s prompt, there will be prompt-specific threads linked to each post. Click here to share your poems/comments for the first 7 days. Sorry for the late prompt today–stayed up a little...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

Today’s prompt comes from a long-time Poetic Asides poetry dude (and super nice guy), Walt Wojtanik. Here’s Walt’s prompt (a Two-for-Tuesday prompt) which is actually two prompts: Write a Left Poem. Write a Right Poem. Umm… With today being Election Day in the States, there are, of course, political implications to Walt’s prompt. If...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

Today’s prompt comes from Amanda Laughtland. Here’s Amanda’s prompt: Write a text message poem. Compose a poem in several short sections inspired by the compression of text messages. The poem might have one speaker or many speakers. Robert’s attempt at a text message poem: “Don’t text and drive” I’m here. Where are you? By...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

Today’s prompt comes straight from Marie Elena Good. Marie’s prompt is: Take the phrase “Just Beneath (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write the poem.  Possible titles include “Just Beneath My Feet,” “Just Beneath This City,” or “Just Beneath the...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Today’s prompt comes from Joshua Gray. Here’s Joshua’s prompt: Write a poem that scares you. It could be a scary movie or ghost story poem. It could be a poem about a secret in your past. It could be a poem about your worst fear. It just needs to bring up a scary/fearful/uncomfortable emotion...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

Day 2’s prompt comes from Khara House. Here’s Khara’s prompt: Write a full moon poem. The full moon might be a character or symbol in the poem. Or the poem might address what happens during a full moon: magic, mischief, madness, etc. Robert’s attempt at a full moon poem: “Moonster” Nevermind the words they...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Here we are. Another November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. Wake up your friends, bring your fellow poets. Let’s poem the heck out of this month! This time around, I’m going to try using prompts supplied by participants. (If you’re interested in providing a prompt, there’s still room. E-mail me at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 199

For today’s prompt, write a creepy poem. Then, get some rest, because the November PAD Chapbook Challenge begins tomorrow. Here’s my attempt at a creepy poem: “Right Back: The Cabin Poem” The first teenager, a football lineman, left to grab a beer, said “I’ll be right back,” but that was an hour ago. Since...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Chant Poem Winner

Let me tell you, reading more than 100 chant poems can really do a number on a person. I found myself thinking in repetitions over the weekend. My dreams turned to magic spells cast by witches riding on broom sticks (or maybe that was the corn maze our Brewer clan visited on Saturday). Anyway,...

Chant Poems: Poetic Forms

The chant poem is about as old as poetry itself. In fact, it may be the first form poetry took. Chant poems simply incorporate repetitive lines that form a sort of chant. Each line can repeat, or every other line. It’s easy to find many poetic forms that incorporate chanting with the use of...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

I’ve been putting off announcing the upcoming poem-a-day chapbook challenge until I can announce the results of the April challenge, but it’s looking like that will be pushing up against the end of the month. What can I say? I’ve just been blessed with an abundance of things to do. Anyway, I’m so excited...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 197

For today’s poetry prompt, write an answer poem. That is, imagine a question (or think of a question you’ve been asked recently) and use your poem to answer that question. Here’s my attempt: “Where are you now?” I’m lost in the line breaks, creeping among the metaphors, dancing with reason, and trying to capture...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 196

For this week’s poetry prompt, I want you to take one of the following lines and make it the first line of your poem. All these lines are taken from my personal notebooks, so they’re not especially wonderful–just some random places to start. Feel free to take liberties with these openings (the important part...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 195

For this week’s prompt, write a sudden poem. The poem could be about something that suddenly happens. Or it could be just whatever words suddenly spring from you. Or… I’ll let you decide what a sudden poem means for you. Here’s my attempt: “Deadline” He digs his fingers deeper into his forehead than they’ve...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 194

First off, I’ve had a person or two ask about the April PAD Challenge results. Just want to let everyone know those are still coming, and I want to apologize for taking so long on them. They will be done before the next challenge begins, which is only a little more than a month...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haibun Winner

[UPDATED: Top 10 list below. Congratulations to all in the top 10!] Okay, I left my brain in Georgia (currently up in Ohio) along with my Top 10 list for the haibun challenge. I will update this post when I get back down to Georgia, but I don’t need my list to remember the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 193

Sorry for the late prompt this week. I was judging the haibun competition–and yes, I know who won. But that announcement will have to wait until tomorrow. In the meantime, let’s poem! For this week’s prompt, write the worst thing that’s ever happened to you. Simple as that. Here’s my attempt: “Even now” With...

Best Opening Poetry Lines

Everyone has their personal list of best opening poetry lines–or at least, everyone should have their list of favorite opening lines. While the first line of a poem isn’t the most important for the whole poem to work, it can often guide whether a reader keeps reading through to the end. Here are some...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 192

For today’s prompt, write an interview poem. Maybe it’s an interview for a magazine or TV show. Maybe it’s a job interview. Or something more creative. Who ever or what ever you decide to interview or be interviewed by, have fun poeming! Here’s my attempt at an interview poem: “Bartleby on Trial” With slumped...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 191

For today’s prompt, write a memory poem. The poem could be about a personal memory, someone else’s memory, or even play with the fact that some people lose memories. Just remember to write a poem. Here’s my attempt at a memory poem: “Tomorrow” I can’t remember tomorrow when I always lose yesterday falling out...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haibun Poems

I hope you’re ready to poem, because it’s time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, we’ll be tackling haibun poems. Click the previous link to view the details, but a haibun combines a prose poem with a haiku. If this is your first WD Poetic Form Challenge, here are the guidelines:...