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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: 152

Over the weekend, I was in Webster, Texas, as part of the Houston Poetry Fest’s “Out of Bounds” reading. Our own Laurie Kolp made it out to the reading, and I met … Read more

ESCAPE Into Poetry

I have some pretty exciting news to share: My second limited edition collection of poetry, titled ESCAPE, was recently released, and it’s already received some great feedback. Click here to read a very … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 151

For this week’s prompt, pick a creature that lives primarily in water and incorporate it into your poem. Could be a fish. Could be a whale. Could be a crab. Could be … Read more

How to Find Your Readers & Keep Them: The Basics of Audience Development

Whether writing poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, all writers deal with the same problem beyond the page: finding an audience that appreciates their work. Most living writers with an audience didn’t just magically find … Read more

Poetic Forms: Rispetto

Okay, here’s a new form. Actually, scratch that. This is a very old form (from Italy, no less). Still, new to me anyway. I found more than a few definitions, but here … Read more

Interview With Poet Terri Kirby Erickson

When the site was redesigned recently, there were some posts that were lost. This post was part of that group, but it was fairly recent, so we’re able to reconstruct it somewhat … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 150

As you might notice from my sophisticated numbering system, we’re doing the 150th Wednesday Poetry Prompt today. Yay! It’s amazing to think we’ve been writing so many poems on Wednesday for so … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Prose Poem

It’s time for another poetic form challenge, and–as some may have guessed yesterday–this time the form will be prose poetry, which some poets may understandably argue has no form. Well, you’ve got … Read more

Poetic Forms: Prose Poetry

Of all the poetic forms, prose poetry may be the most controversial. After all, free verse and most experimental poetry still contain line breaks. But prose poems often look like a short … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 149

For this week’s prompt, write a fortune cookie poem. This is a very brief poem that either forecasts the reader’s future or imparts some life advice (can be profound, mind scrambling, or funny). … Read more

Are you a writer or storyteller?

On October 31 through November 2, there will be a special conference on storytelling hitting San Francisco: StoryWorld conference + expo. Unlike typical writing conferences, this event is dedicated to telling stories … Read more

Get Yer 20th-Century Poets… On a stamp!

Beginning in 2012, you can start putting 20th-century poets on your postage. That is, if you still use postage. The poets (listed below) will be part of the Postal Service’s Forever stamp … Read more

10 Years of 9/11 Poetry

Poetic Asides regular Bruce Niedt, who wrote a great WCW deconstruct yesterday, left an interesting suggestion for me via e-mail last night: With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks coming up … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 148

Sometimes there is much to be gained from trying to build something new out of something familiar. For this week’s prompt, write a remix poem. That is, take an existing poem (could … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 147

For this week’s prompt, write an out of this world poem. This poem might be about aliens and space exploration, of course, but it could also be a tall tale or unbelievable … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Hay(na)ku Winner

I really enjoyed reading through the hay(na)ku entries. As a few of you mentioned, this short form can get quite addicting very fast. In fact, there were hundreds of hay(na)ku entered with … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 146

For this week’s prompt, write an “everything is against you” poem. That is, write a poem in which everything seems to be conspiring against you. Work, family, the government, the ice cream … Read more

How to be a Ferocious Self-Editor live webinar with Jerry B. Jenkins!

A few years ago, we had fiction heavyweights Stephen King and Jerry B. Jenkins interview one another for an article in the magazine. It was an amazing article. Both men have sold … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 145

For this week’s prompt, write an escape poem. The poem could about someone or something that is thinking of escape, has escaped, or has lost someone or something that has escaped. And … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 144

Earlier this week, Reese started second grade. He’s the type of student who was looking forward to getting back to school. Of course, not every student shares that view. For this week’s … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Hay(na)ku

Time for another poetic form challenge! This time around, we’ll write the hay(na)ku. This form was developed by Eileen Tabios and named by Vince Gotera. The rules are simple, which makes the poem fun … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 143

For this week’s prompt, write a normal poem. I know some of you may be thinking that every poem is normal or that there’s no such thing as a normal poem. However, … Read more

Found the Missing Poetic Asides Categories

Some of you may have already stumbled upon this, but I couldn’t locate the Poetic Asides categories until I talked to WritersDigest.com editor Brian Klems. If you look over on the right … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 142

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I apologize for the late start today, but I’m on vacation. So I got up early and worked a little on a new chapbook before taking the boys (all four of them) … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Results

It’s taken me forever, but I’ve finally got the results for the WD Poetic Form Challenge! Despite the length of time it took to judge, I really enjoyed seeing the creativity in … Read more

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