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 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Somehow, we’ve already Bon Jovi’d our way to the half-way there mark of this challenge. Let’s make it the rest of the way home. For today’s prompt, write a poem with at least four of the following eight words: flat ring lavish vessel paper blacklist gaudy tooth Of course, ambitious poets will immediately try...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

One more time, because I don’t have anything new to say today: If you haven’t yet, check out the new and improved National Poetry Month Collection, a super-loaded (and heavily discounted) bundle of poetry products. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, write a time out poem. There are moments in my life that I...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

If you haven’t yet, check out the new and improved National Poetry Month Collection, a super-loaded (and heavily discounted) bundle of poetry products. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Last (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Two-for-Tuesday day! For today’s prompt, take on one (or both) of the following prompts: Write a serious poem. Or… Write a silly poem. ***** Publish Your Poetry! The 2016 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 information,...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Sometimes you just have to say it: I’m having a Monday. They happen. Once every seven days. Let’s poem anyway. For today’s prompt, write a defensive poem. The first thing that springs to my mind is getting defensive about an accusation, which may or may not be true. The next thing I think about...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

Wow! Day 10 already! I don’t know how to feel about being one-third of the way through this challenge already. If only there were a prompt for getting to the bottom of that… For today’s prompt, pick an emotion, make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Today I’m going to be speaking about poetry at a conference in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Topics covered include revision (or as I like to say, “re-creation”) and platform (or “finding more readers for poetry”). If you’ll be at this event, please say hi today. If not, hope to see you at an event in...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

I hope the poems are coming easy for you this month. I know from experience that some days are easier than others and that if I just show up I never know what will happen: good or bad. For today’s prompt, write a doodle poem. In my mind, I’m thinking of how I like...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

Here we are: One week into the 2016 April PAD Challenge! I’m excited; how about you? It’s been a quick week, but I’m happy with some of what I’ve wrote so far. Hopefully, it’ll keep up throughout the month. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Urban (blank),” replace the blank with a word or...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

Believe it or not, we’ll be 20% of the way through this challenge after today’s poem. It amazes me how quick the month flies by every year. For today’s prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. An ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired by art. You can pick your own favorite piece of art if you...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

If you live in or around Northern Georgia, try getting out to Blue Ridge on Saturday for the Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference. I’ll be there and leading two sessions focused on poetry. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, we’ve actually got two prompts (that is, a Two-for-Tuesday prompt). Here we go: Write an experienced...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

I know we’re writing poetry this month, but I thought you might want to check out this new podcast for writers that I’m doing with Brian A. Klems. In our first two episodes, we’ve talked with C. Hope Clark about funds writers can find to help their careers and Carol Topp, CPA, about taxes...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

The third day of about any new routine is the hardest, including the 2016 April PAD Challenge. Let’s get through this together and own this month of poeming. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Three (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

The 2016 April PAD Challenge shuffles along to Day 2. Let’s unwrap today’s prompt. For today’s prompt, write a what he said and/or what she said poem. Maybe he or she said a rumor; maybe he or she gave directions; or maybe he or she said something that made absolutely no sense at all....

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Here we are: Day 1 of the 2016 April PAD Challenge. Time to poem! But first, I just want to remind folks that it’s great to share your poems in the comments; just make sure you save a copy somewhere else too. While it hasn’t happened in a few years, there’s always the chance...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 347

It’s kind of hard to believe, but we’re about to embark on another month of poeming daily in just a couple days. Check out the 2016 April PAD Challenge guidelines here. For today’s prompt, write a preparation poem. Sure, I’m preparing for the 2016 April Poem-A-Day Challenge, but there are plenty of other events,...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 346

For today’s prompt, write a coordinated poem. Coordination could refer to keeping your balance, but it can also be a coordinated event. Sports teams have coordinators; complicated processes require coordination; and even poems have to coordinate words, line breaks, and stanzas. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Results

The 2015 November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge results are in, and I’m excited to share the winner–as well as a few finalists. Around 100 chapbook manuscripts were entered, and I loved reading them all. However, the number of quality entries made it difficult to pick finalists–let alone a winner! But here we are. *****...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 345

Remember that “under the weather” I was experiencing last week? Well, that ended up being the flu and pneumonia in my left lung. Oh well. It’s going to take a lot more than pneumonia to stop us from poeming. Soo… For today’s prompt, write a lingering poem. Could be a lingering lover or a...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 344

I apologize for the late prompt today. I’m a little under the weather, sometimes feverish, and medicated. Soo… For today’s prompt, write an under the weather poem. You can use the turn of speech, which means sick or not feeling good. Or you could be literal and actually be under the weather, whether that’s...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 343

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out yesterday’s post on the 2016 April PAD Challenge. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, write a poem about a book. The book could be your favorite, or one that you loathe. The poem could literally be about the book, or maybe written in the voice of...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

It’s time to start prepping for the 9th annual April PAD Challenge. In one month, we’ll start meeting here every day to poem like it’s (Inter)National Poetry Month. Poets from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, India, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, and several other countries have participated in this challenge over...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 342

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Ways to (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make that the title of the poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles could include: “The Proper Ways to Write Poetry,” “10 Ways to Fall in Love,” and/or “Wrong Ways to Toronto.” Here’s to finding...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 341

This is a poetry blog, but I want to let those of you who write fiction know about an agent one-on-one bootcamp that starts tomorrow morning. It’s an exciting opportunity to get feedback from and exposure to literary agents on the first ten pages of your novel. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, write...

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2015 April PAD Challenge: Poet Laureate

As mentioned with yesterday’s prompt, the 2015 April PAD Challenge list of winners is finally complete. Check them out here. However, the purpose of this post is to unveil the current Poetic Asides Poet Laureate! 2015 April PAD Challenge: Poet Laureate Actually, I’m going with the Poets Laureate this year: Nancy Posey and Jane...