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!

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write a visitor poem. The poem could be about being a visitor to somewhere new. Or the poem could be about hosting a visitor. Write about an expected visitor or someone who shows up by surprise. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer,...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, write a tape poem. The poem could be about transparent tape, duct tape, video tape, or even tape worm. Anything that you can bend into a tape poem is fair game. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, write an imitation poem. Some folks say imitation is the best form of flattery. So with it being Thanksgiving in these parts, I thought it appropriate to pick a poem you enjoy and write an imitation of it. You can include poet and poem of the original if you’d like; or...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “When (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: “When in Rome,” “When Doves Cry,” “When You Can’t Say When,” “Whenever You Want,” etc. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market!...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, we’re on our fourth two-for-Tuesday prompt. So pick one, combine both prompts into one poem, or write two (or more) different poems. Here are the prompts: Write a sharing poem. A poem about somebody sharing something. Or a poem about receiving something that was shared. Or witnessing an act of sharing....

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

For today’s prompt, write a thinking out loud poem. If you’ve ever been caught thinking out loud, this poem does that. If you haven’t done it yourself, chances are you know someone who thinks out loud; channel that today. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer,...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

For today’s prompt, pick a popular saying, make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: “May the Force Be With You,” “It’s a Bird; It’s a Plane; It’s Superman,” “Just Do It,” or “Break a Leg.” I hope you break many legs with this prompt–in a...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

For today’s prompt, write a poem about a commonplace location. The poem could be about the local grocery store, library, or something even more intimate–like your kitchen or bathroom. Or it could be standing in line at the DMV or post office. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

For today’s prompt, write a poem that uses the following six words: band logic pack web froth clean You can write a sestina, villanelle, free verse, or haiku. Just be sure to use the six words in any possible combination that you can manage. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market,...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

For today’s prompt, write a paper poem. The poem could be about something made of paper, made with paper, or a document–like a contract, deed, will, etc. It’s a great time to unpack your origami poems, paper plane poems, or even your spit ball poems. Maybe you can even write it on paper. *****...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Play (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: “Play Nice,” “Play Fair,” “Play Hard,” “Play the Guitar,” etc. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

For today’s prompt, we’re on our third two-for-Tuesday prompt. So pick one, combine both prompts into one poem, or write two (or more) different poems. Here are the prompts: Write a natural poem. A poem about something natural. It could be a natural way of living, something made of natural materials, nature itself, or...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

For today’s prompt, write a dedication poem. Pick someone or something as a subject and dedicate your poem to him, her, it, etc. You may consider titling your poem “For Big Foot” or “To a Purple Push Pin.” Heck, you could even write a poem to your former or future self. ***** Order the...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

For today’s prompt, write a poem about something that happens regularly. Could be something that happens daily, weekly, monthly, every full moon. Whatever the rotation, it happens–like writing poems each day of November. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

For today’s prompt, pick a month (any month), make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible months include January, February, March, (cruel) April, May, June, or even July, August, September, October, November, and December. Yes, there are 12 possible months; choose well, or write 12 poems (yes, I’ve thrown...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

For today’s prompt, write a description poem. Pick someone or something to describe. Get in depth, or just brush along the surface. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including listings for poetry publications, publishers, contests, and more! With names, contact...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

For today’s prompt, write a tragic poem. Two courses of action here: Write a poem that is heavy, or write a poem that is light. Or write a poem that could be heavy or light. For instance, a tragedy could be Shakespeare’s Hamlet or a bad hair day. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market!...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Call Me (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: “Call Me Al,” “Call Me Crazy,” “Call Me Batman,” “Call Me at 3 O’clock in the Morning,” etc. ***** Order...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

For today’s prompt, we’re on our second two-for-Tuesday prompt. So pick one, combine both prompts into one poem, or write two (or more) different poems. Here are the prompts: Write a nothing will be the same poem. A poem about moment after which nothing will ever be the same, because everything will change. Or…...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

For today’s prompt, write an activity poem. Of course, the first activity that springs to my mind is writing poetry, but there are many other possible activities from which to choose: running, driving, folding clothes, tying knots, casting lines, dancing, sleeping, and so much more. Pick an activity and write it out. ***** Order...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

For today’s prompt, write a phobia poem. There are so many possible phobias from which to choose, including some of the more popular phobias like arachnophobia (fear of spiders), claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces), acrophobia (fear of heights), and coulrophobia (fear of clowns). Here’s a list of 200 common phobias. ***** Order the New...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

For today’s prompt, write a wire poem. A wire poem could be about something that needs wires–like maybe a robot, TV, or automobile. But birds huddle on telephone wires, people wire money to each other, and kids can get wired off of too much candy and/or caffeine. In fact, I’m surprised I haven’t written...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

For today’s prompt, write an imagined life poem. The imagined life could be your own, or imagining a life for someone else–like a person you see at the bus stop, grocery store, or library. If for yourself, the imagined life might be another possible parallel outcome or a possible future (for better or worse)....

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “If I’d Only (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: “If I’d Only Asked Her Out,” “If I’d Only Gone Left Instead of Right,” “If I’d Only Taken That...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

For today’s prompt, write an animal spirit poem (or spirit animal poem). What I’m thinking is to make the title of the poem the animal and then write a poem as if you are that animal. Or look at ways you identify with that animal. Another possibility (if this is too New Age): Write...