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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: 254

Robert Lee Brewer

Duluth, Georgia, is shut down for the second day in a row. Yesterday, it was for the threat of ice; today, it’s for the actual ice. It’s pretty, but I’m not going … Read more

Winners of the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge Announced!

Robert Lee Brewer

Yes, I said winners–and I’m not including the honorable mentions (mentioned below). There were more than 80 chapbook submissions for the 2013 challenge, and I narrowed these down to a short list … Read more

Gloria Watts: Poet Interview

Gloria Watts

For those wondering, yes, the November PAD Challenge results are almost finished. In fact, I’m planning to release the results tomorrow (as long as we still have power in these parts). Also, … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 253

Robert Lee Brewer

I try to plan out prompts ahead of time, because it’s hard enough to think of a poem on the spot. When I looked at today’s prompt, I had to laugh, because … Read more

Rachel Gurevich: Poet Interview

Rachel Gurevich

Quick note: The results for the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge have been delayed, but I’m getting close to make final decisions. Out of more than 80 submissions, I’ve narrowed the field … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 252

Robert Lee Brewer

Before today’s prompt, be sure to check out this interview with me over at the Poets and Artists website, in which I’m asked 10 questions, including which poem I’d like read at … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 251

Robert Lee Brewer

For today’s prompt, write an elsewhere poem. Maybe elsewhere is a physical place–like Ohio instead of Georgia. Maybe elsewhere is a season–like summer instead of winter. Maybe elsewhere is a state of … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sijo

Robert Lee Brewer

You knew it was coming–the next WD Poetic Form Challenge! This time around, we’re trying out the sijo, a three-line Korean poetic form. It’s more lyrical than a haiku, and there are … Read more

Sijo: Poetic Form

Robert Lee Brewer

While the sijo poetic form is new to Poetic Asides, it is actually older than haiku. This Korean poetic form is only three lines long, but a lot is packed into those … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 250

Robert Lee Brewer

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s poeming time. But first, check out the winner of the somonka challenge. Also, Tammy and me will be reading at various locations for the Austin International Poetry … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Somonka Winner

Robert Lee Brewer

This post has been a long time coming. I posted the original challenge on October 21 with a deadline of November 10. Usually, I’d have the results earlier, but some decisions were … Read more

Taisha Cooke: Poet Interview

Taisha Cooke

It’s time for another Top 25 poet interview from the April PAD Challenge (playing a little catch up after the holiday season). For this round, we have Taisha Cooke, who wrote a … Read more

De Jackson: Poet Interview

De Jackson

The next poet in our Top 25 series was actually cited in the previous interview: De Jackson. De has been around as long as I can remember on this blog, and she’s … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 249

Robert Lee Brewer

I hope everyone sent in there November PAD Chapbook Challenge submissions. If you happened to “forget” the deadline or your dog ate your manuscript, I’ll accept late submissions for today and today … Read more

Walter J. Wojtanik: Poet Interview

Walter J. Wojtanik

The next poet in our Top 25 poet interview series from the 2013 April PAD Challenge is one of the more generous and productive poets I’ve encountered since starting the Poetic Asides … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 248

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Happy New Year! I stayed up late with Tammy watching the Twilight Zone marathon and a few of the ball dropping programs near midnight. And that’s where today’s prompt is coming from… … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 247

Robert Lee Brewer

For today’s prompt, write a gift poem. Giving gifts, receiving gifts, coveting the gifts of others, admiring gifts, planning gifts, and so on. Consider this prompt a gift from me. Here’s my … Read more

5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Bruce W. Niedt

Bruce Niedt

For the final installment of the five-part series on favorite poetry collections, I’m happy to host Poetic Asides regular Bruce W. Niedt. He’s been involved with this blog so long that I … Read more

Carole Cole: Poet Interview

Carole Cole

Here’s the next installment of the Top 25 poet interview series related to the 2013 Poetic Asides April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge. In this post, I’m happy to share a poem by Carole … Read more

Shann Palmer Has Passed

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[Update: Shann's daughter, Alia Radabaugh contacted me via Facebook to correct a couple mistakes in my post. First, she did not suffer two heart attacks. What I thought was the first heart … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 246

Robert Lee Brewer

Another Wednesday, another poetry prompt. Yay! But before we get to the prompt, I just wanted to share that a few of my poems have been published in the most recent issue … Read more

5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Kelli Russell Agodon

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Here’s part four of the five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll shine light on collections that absolutely need to be … Read more

Ian Chandler: Poet Interview

Ian Chandler

Here’s the next Top 25 poet from the 2013 April PAD Challenge (the November Challenge sort of knocked me off track): Ian Chandler. Ian’s poem “and your hands shook” is compact and … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 245

Robert Lee Brewer

For this week’s prompt, write an antique poem. It could be about or involve physical antiques. Or maybe the poem addresses an antique way of thinking, acting, etc. Here’s my attempt at … Read more

5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Hannah Stephenson

Hannah Stephenson

Here’s part three of the five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll help shine light on collections that absolutely need to … Read more

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