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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!

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

Mary Biddinger

Yesterday afternoon, I posted about the value of poetry (at least in my eyes). Spoiler alert: It’s more than just publication credits and rolling around in hundred dollar bills. In fact, it … Read more

What Is the Value of Poetry?

Robert Lee Brewer

In the opening poem (“matters of great importance”) of my collection, Solving the World’s Problems, I ask a simple question: what’s more important / writing a poem / or building a bridge… … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

Bob Hicok

I can’t help it. Days 15 and 16 of these challenges always gets a certain song stuck in my head. You know, this song by an American rock band from New Jersey … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Barbara Hamby

Want to learn more about me than you thought you could possibly handle in one interview? Great! One of my favorite poets, Nin Andrews, interviewed me over on the Best American Poetry … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Jericho Brown

Yesterday, I mentioned how guest judges Daniel Nester and Vince Gotera suggested possible poetry prompts. Well, today’s guest judge, Jericho Brown, is only one who requested a specific day to be a … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

Daniel Nester

I often come up with prompts for my weekly Wednesday Poetry Prompts on the fly. However, I try to get all my prompts for the monthly challenges set before the month starts–to … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Victoria Chang

Wow! What a turnout this year for the poetry challenge! Chances are pretty good that by the end of the weekend, we’ll have more than 10,000 comments on the prompts–with a chance … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Joseph Mills

One of the refrains from the Austin International Poetry Festival was, “Buy the book!” During poetry month, it’s not a bad refrain. In that vein, I want to remind people about pre-orders … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

Nate Pritts

Quick note on selecting poems for the anthology: I plan to pull poems on average 5-7 days after the prompt is first posted. So I’ve pulled poems from days 1-3. Poets can … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Kelli Russell Agodon

Before we get into today’s prompt, I just want to address a few common questions I’ve been asked recently: Who can join the challenge? Anyone (any age, any level of experience, any … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

Tom C. Hunley

Spent yesterday catching up on sleep after attending the super fun Austin International Poetry Festival with Tammy. If you’ve had any issues with posting or anything else related to the challenge, please … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

January Gill O'Neil

Wow! Once we finish today’s prompt/poem, we’ll be a week into the challenge. Excellent! If you missed it earlier or need a refresher, click here to check out the April PAD Challenge … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

Andrew Hudgins

Later this morning/early afternoon, Tammy and me will be returning home from the Austin International Poetry Festival (driving against the sun and through the night). If you’re interested in reading, here are … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

Patricia Fargnoli

I’m glad you’ve made it over today. Over the years, the weekend has been a time when some poets fall behind in keeping the daily poetic pace (though it’s totally cool if … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Vince Gotera

I hope you’re having a great time poeming so far. It’s been fun for me, and speaking of fun, I just recently learned about an article on Mashable that listed me and … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

Shaindel Beers

Day 3 is traditionally one of those make it or break it days for poets. After all, it’s easy to show up for a couple dates, but it takes real commitment to … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Neil Aitken

Tammy and me are heading to Austin, Texas, this morning for the Austin International Poetry Festival. If you’re in the Austin area, I hope you’ll get out for some poeming fun. Speaking … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Traci Brimhall

Here we are. It’s been less than a month since the initial guidelines post for the 7th annual Poetic Asides April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge, but it feels like years. I’ve been so … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: FAQs (and Tips)

Robert Lee Brewer

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 1. Tomorrow is the day that all the poeming begins. Roll up your sleeves, read some Neruda, drink a little wine–whatever you need to do to get … Read more

Ashley Marie Egan and Diana Terrill Clark

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 2. That means tomorrow is one, and then, all bets are off. Come on, clock, tick faster! As many of you know, I’ve been featuring interviews with the … Read more

Tracy Davidson: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 3. I’m starting to feel like that X-wing fighter guy from Star Wars: A New Hope: “Almost there…alllllmmmoooossst theeeerrrreeee…almost there…” If you don’t know what I’m talking … Read more

Deborah Purdy: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 4. Yes, I’m excited–so excited–and I just can’t hide it. As a quick FYI, we now have 29 confirmed guest judges. I hope to have the list … Read more

Sally Valentine: Poet Interview

Sally Valentine

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 5. We’re getting so very close to the beginning of this year’s challenge. I hope your pencils are sharpened, your paper is uncrumpled, and your mind is … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 260

Robert Lee Brewer

This is the final Wednesday Poetry Prompt before the 2014 April PAD Challenge. By the way, have you seen the big (breaking) news about the April challenge? We’re going to have a … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Guest Judges

Thomas_Lux_poet

That’s right; I said guest judges! The list is now finalized for our guest judges for the 2014 April PAD Challenge! Have fun learning more about this impressive list of line breakers … Read more

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