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!

Poetry Slam Inc: Poetry Spotlight

One of the great strengths of poetry is its diversity, but I admit that I don’t give quite enough attention to slam poetry. That changes today as I spotlight Poetry Slam Inc. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 398

For today’s prompt, write a bug poem. My first thought was bug in the sense of an insect, but there are other meanings as well. For instance, spies may bug a room with small microphones. Or one person may bug (or annoy) another person by not touching them while just barely...

Why I Write Poetry: Nurit Israeli

Last week, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received several, and I hope they keep coming in. Thank you! Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Nurit Israeli. Nurit Israeli holds a doctorate...

Huitain: Poetic Form

Recently, I covered ae freislighe, after neglecting Irish forms a bit too long. This time around, I’m getting back to my French form roots with the huitain! Huitain Poems If you know me, you know I love the French poetic forms. The huitain is actually a derivative of the French ballade....

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 397

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Land of (blank);” replace the blank with a word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Land of Milk and Honey,” “Land of a Thousand Words,” “Land of Forgotten Heroes,” and/or “Land of...

Why I Write Poetry: Robert Lee Brewer

Recently, I got to thinking about the types of answers I like to hear in poet interviews and one that I always love is along the lines of “Why I Write Poetry.” As a result, I thought it’d be cool to start up a guest post series on just that topic....

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 396

For today’s prompt, write a historical persona poem. This means to write a poem in the voice of someone from history. Could be ancient history or somewhat recent history, but it shouldn’t be the future (though I suppose you could write one of those for extra credit). Not a requirement, but...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 395

For today’s prompt, write a snap judgment poem. Some decisions (many decisions) are made without much thought; these are snap judgments. Sometimes these quick decisions lead to good outcomes; sometimes bad; but we all make them for big reasons and small. ***** Order the Current Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market,...

10 Best Poetry Podcasts for Poets

For a little over a year now, I’ve been a co-host of the WritersMarket.com podcast with Brian A. Klems (listen here). While we cover business and marketing topics for writers, I want to share some of the best poetry podcasts for poets of which I’m aware (in no particular order). If...

Ae Freislighe: Poetic Form

I’ve covered so many poetic forms over the years, but still have somehow neglected the Irish forms. So let’s finish out May with the ae freislighe! Ae Freislighe Poems I think part of the reason I’ve avoided Irish forms is that the rhymes can be so intense, and that’s definitely the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 394

Earlier this week, my car broke down around Lexington, Kentucky. So I spent the night in an unexpected place while my car got repaired by a nice mechanic named Tony, who owns Tony’s Automotive Repair. For today’s prompt, write a repair poem. Could be about repairing a car or a bike,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 393

For today’s prompt, write a pieces poem. For instance, you could write about picking up the pieces (after a broken relationship), putting together puzzle pieces, eating Reese’s Pieces; or pay tribute to this Janis Joplin song. Piece your poem together however works best for you. ***** Order the Current Poet’s Market!...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rimas Dissolutas

It’s been a while, so let’s get another WD Poetic Form Challenge going–this time for rimas dissolutas! Find the rules for writing rimas dissolutas here. This French form rhymes, but not in the normal way most poets would expect. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific...

Cyrch A Chwta: Poetic Form

Wow! So it’s been almost two months since the last form I’ve covered. So let’s jump right into today’s form: cyrch a chwta! Cyrch A Chwta Poems As you might guess from the name, cyrch a chwta is a Welsh poetic form. And like many Welsh forms, this poem involves both...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 392

For today’s prompt, write a forever poem. There are a lot of different ways to come at forever. After all, some folks think diamonds are forever; while others think of Forever stamps (in the U.S. anyway); and still one or two folks like myself might think of this Paula Abdul song....

How to Get Blurbs for Your Poetry Collection

So I’ve actually covered getting blurbs previously–a few years back when my debut collection, Solving the World’s Problems, was released. In that post, I wrote about securing blurbs for a poetry collection, but I think there’s more that could’ve been covered. So here we are. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market!...

The Robert Frost Farm: Poetry Spotlight

Getting back to the poetry spotlights, I’m using a place recommended by a Poetic Asides reader: The Robert Frost Farm. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: Poetry Spotlight Idea. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 391

No matter how many times we do it, I still have a bit of an adjustment period after going from a poem-a-day to a poem-a-week. For today’s prompt, write a reconnect poem. Throughout history, people have gone through the process of reconnecting–from soldiers coming back from war to former students having...

Penny Candy Books: Poetry Publisher Interview

Trying something new this week. Instead of interviewing a poet, I’ve interviewed the founders of Penny Candy Books, which publishes children’s books, including poetry. Specifically, this interview features Alexis Orgera and Chad Reynolds. Click here to learn more. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

We did it! Here are some numbers for the 2017 challenge: 30 days 34 prompts (including 4 “Two for Tuesday” prompts) 12,000+ comments (and counting) 1 incredible month! So, what’s next? First off, there’s a lot of poetry and poeming that happens around the Poetic Asides blog throughout the year. I’ll...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “The (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “The Poets,” “The Good Guys,” “The Bad Guys,” “The Last Thing She Said,” and so on. *****...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

For today’s prompt, write a metric poem. Most of the world uses the metric system to measure things out; not so much in the States. But there are meters and liters, and the occasional millimeters. Also, poetry uses metrics (the study of meter in poetry). And metrics, in a general sense,...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

For today’s prompt, write a poem about a smell. Similar to Day 6’s prompt about writing a poem about a sound, today’s prompt involves thinking about the various good and bad smells that fill the world. Pick one smell (or a variety, I suppose), and write a poem. ***** Re-create Your...