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!

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Results

It’s taken me forever, but I’ve finally got the results for the WD Poetic Form Challenge! Despite the length of time it took to judge, I really enjoyed seeing the creativity in all the forms, and I hope to share some of the finalists in future posts. The finalists were (in random order): Octoplus,...

One Thing Is Constant: Change

Welcome to the new Poetic Asides blog! While I’d known there was a WritersDigest.com re-design going on this year, I didn’t realize until this week (and even this day) the full extent of the changes it would bring to this blog. If you’re still getting used to it, you’re not alone: I am too....

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 141

For this week’s prompt, write an empty poem. The poem should somehow play off the idea of empty–maybe empty rooms, empty containers, empty threats, etc. Or maybe you could empty the poem of vowels or prepositions. Your call. Here’s my attempt: “Will Strikes Again” The popcorn box is empty of popcorn packages replaced with...

F+W Acquires The Writers Store

The company I work for, F+W Media, Inc., announced today the acquisition of The Writers Store, which is the largest reseller of third-party writing and filmmaking tools worldwide. Pretty exciting stuff! Since Writer’s Digest already works to serve the needs of writers, this acquisition just makes a lot of sense. Click here to check...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 140

For this week’s prompt, write a poem about–or, at least, with–a sound. It could be an annoying sound, a scary sound, a happy sound, etc. In fact, the poem could even include several sounds. Here’s my attempt: “Dreaming” The alarm becomes an attack siren. Dogs barking turn to men in uniforms ordering him to...

Interview With Poet Edward Nudelman

Edward Nudelman’s first book of poetry, Night Fires, was a semifinalist for the Journal Award (The Wheeler Prize) given by OSU Press in 2009. Night Fires was published by Pudding House Publications the same year. Also in 2009, he received a Pushcart nomination. In addition to his work as a poet, Nudelman is a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 139

For this week’s prompt, write a poem from the perspective of a group of people, other living organisms, or even objects. The key is to make sure it’s a group of something. For instance, write a poem from the perspective of runners, sharks, or computers. Yes, poets would work too. Here’s my attempt: “Aliens”...

2011 April PAD Challenge Results!

For once, I’ve been able to stick with my July 4th goal for announcing the April Poem-A-Day Challenge. I’m so glad, because the poems I read were great. Before I start announcing winners, I just want to thank everyone for participating (even if you didn’t submit your poems). Every year, it amazes me how...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 138

For this week’s prompt, write a poem about how things change. The world is always changing in small and large ways. Businesses start up and go out of business or move locations. There are baby announcements and obituaries. There are floods, droughts, etc. And, of course, even this blog changes with a new prompt...

Making Peace with Ekphrastic Poetry (Guest Post by Nate Pritts)

Please welcome Nate Pritts to Poetic Asides! Pritts is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Sweet Nothing as well as four previous books of poetry. POETRY Magazine called The Wonderfull Yeare “rich, vivid, intimate, & somewhat troubled” & The Rumpus called Big Bright Sun “a textual record of mistakes made and insights gleaned…[in]...

One Piece of Advice for Poets, Part 1

Over the years, I’ve asked the question (or a version of it) of several poets: If you could pass on only one piece of advice, what would it be? Below, I’ve assembled some of the answers from previous interviews. As you may have guessed from me titling this Part 1, there will be a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 137

Wow! It has been a busy week since last Wednesday. Things are only now starting to slow back down a bit. Baby Hannah Marie was born on Thursday at 9:44 a.m. If you haven’t seen her yet, check out this blog post over at MNINB. ***** For this week’s prompt, I want you to...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 136

Tomorrow is D-Day. That is, Due Day for Tammy and I and our first daughter, Hannah Marie. We’re super excited (and, yes, a little stressed). If everything goes as it should, I’ll be posting images on Facebook and my blog. So keep an eye out. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a welcoming poem....

Poetic Asides Round Up: 001

Wow! I recently asked for round ups from the Poetic Asides readers, unsure of what to expect as a response. As usual, you all surprised me–in a great way! Unfortunately, that meant I couldn’t share all the information I received, but I tried to share a lot of it. And I want to encourage...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 135

In case you missed it earlier, I’m soliciting feedback from the Poetic Asides community. So far, I’ve received more than 20 responses, and I hope to make my first Poetic Asides Round Up post tomorrow. Click here to learn more. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a “don’t start that again” poem. There are...

Poetic Asides Round Up Request

Earlier this morning, I had a “duh!” moment related to the Poetic Asides community. I hope you can help me out. As many of you know, the Poetic Asides readership and community brings together a wide range of poets at various points in their writing time lines. Some have been writing for years (if...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 134

In case you haven’t heard the news yet, I’ll be selecting 20 poets to publish and pay for the 2013 Poet’s Market. Click here to read guidelines. Also, I announced the winner of The Bop challenge yesterday too. Find who made the Top 10 list. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a “let’s get...

Call for Poetry Submissions for the 2013 Poet's Market!

I was going to wait until tomorrow to break this news, but it’s probably tomorrow (or close to tomorrow) in some parts of the world already. So here’s the news: I will consider poetry submissions for the 2013 Poet’s Market. 20 previously unpublished poems will be selected for publication in the book, and the...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Bop Winner

Once again, I was floored by the quality of poems submitted. Once again, I had a tough time whittling the entries down into a short list. Once again, I struggled to narrow the short list down to a Top 10. And yes, once again, it was difficult choosing a winner. But, once again, I...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 133

Good morning, everyone! I hope you’ve all been staying safe with tornadoes ripping through parts of the country. Here in Georgia, things have been rather quiet all week. When tragedy strikes, it always makes people reassess their priorities. For this week’s prompt, write a priorities poem. It can be a serious reevaluation or a...

How to Cook Up a Poetry Jam (Guest Post by Daniel Ari)

Please welcome Daniel Ari, who has offered up a guest post on how to start a poetry jam. Ari has been putting writing jams together since he was an undergrad. In the late 90s, he had a long-running group called “Poetry Slide,” and nowadays, he hosts monthly sessions at home for reading and writing...

Poetic Form: Qasida (Guest Post by Ren Powell)

Please welcome Ren Powell, whose most recent book is Mercy Island, New and Selected Poems–available through Phoenicia Publishing or Amazon. She is an associate editor with Poemeleon and blogs at http://tribeofmadorphans.com. In the following post, she introduces us to the poetic form called qasida.   ***** While I was putting together my research proposal...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 132

I hope you’ve been able to try out The Bop challenge. If not, click here to check it out. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a telling it like it is poem. Many poems play with metaphor and simile, but sometimes poets are better suited just stating the reality and stepping back. Actually, that’s...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Bop

What better way to follow up The Big 10 challenge than with The Bop! This form, developed by Afaa Michael Weaver, incorporates several elements, including a refrain, problems, resolutions, and more. Click here to learn how to write The Bop. As in previous challenges, the poet who writes The Bop that I like best...