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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!

April PAD Challenge: Day 16

If you feel up for it, be sure to share your favorite poem from the first 15 days of the challenge here. ***** For today’s prompt, I want you to pick a … Read more

Share Your Favorite Poem!

Jennifer VanBuren, the editor of Mannequin Envy, recently suggested that I allow poets to pick their favorite poem from the first 15 days of the challenge. Since more than 10,000 poems have … Read more

Poetic Forms: Rondeau

Since I love French forms, it came as a surprise to me that I haven’t covered the rondeau on this blog, yet. As with other French forms, there is an element of … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 15

After today’s poem, we’ll be half-way there. 50% of the way. It’s all downhill from here. And other half-way stuff. (For some reason, I’ve got Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” song … Read more

Interview With Poet Katy Evans-Bush

Since I know this interview is a little on the long side (which is a good thing), I won’t spend too much time introducting Katy Evans-Bush, who recently released her first collection … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Important Note (please read): It appears most of the poems posted for Day 13′s prompt have been wiped out of the system. There are currently only 49 comments. This means you’ll need … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 13

Wow! Yesterday was quite a workout. Not only did I go for a hard 5-mile run, but I think we did about a million Easter egg hunts (give or take a few … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Yay! We’re 40% of the way through the challenge (after finishing today’s poem). That’s right! We’re almost to the half-way point. Woo-hoo! For today’s prompt, I want you to take the phrase … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 11

For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem about an object (or objects). Though you don’t have to confine yourself to straight up description, I do want you to focus … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 10

In some circles, today is known as Good Friday. In other circles, every Friday is good (mostly because the weekend has begun). For the rest, Fridays aren’t anything special. For today’s prompt, … Read more

Interview with poet Cherryl Floyd-Miller

Earlier this year, Tammy and I took Baby Will with us to his first poetry event, a reading by Cherryl Floyd-Miller at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur, Georgia. Sadly, Wordsmiths has since closed, … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Sorry for the late post today. I’ve had family visiting from Ohio the last few days, and they were all leaving this morning. So, you know, us Brewers can take our time saying … Read more

Good times!

I just finished having a great time on J.P. Dancing Bear’s “Out of Our Minds” poetry show on KKUP Cupertina. It was a lot fun–mostly because Bear has a real laid back … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 8

If you haven’t done so yet, I just wanted to mention that you can sign up for a free monthly newsletter from Poet’s Market (edited by yours truly) by going to www.poetsmarket.com … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 7

After we finish today’s poem, we’ll be a full week into April. Go us! Today is our first “Two for Tuesday” prompt of the month. On these days, I offer two prompts. … Read more

Fundamentals of Poetry Writing Workshop

If you want a way to continue the poetry beyond April, WritersOnlineWorkshops.com is now taking registrations for its Fundamentals of Poetry Writing workshop. The online course begins April 23 (registration closes April … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 6

All right, folks! After today, we’ll be 20% of the way through this challenge! And you’re all kicking some major booty, because I think y’all posted as many poems through the first … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 5

Whew! I’m tired. Was up until 4-ish this morning (driving home to Georgia from Ohio); tried posting around then; but the site was acting all funky. Now, on 3 hours sleep, I’m … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Hope you’re having a good weekend! For today’s prompt, I want you to pick an animal; make that animal the title of your poem; then, write a poem. You could be very … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 3

The response has been so amazing that I now have all my blog comment notifications filtered into a folder in my Outlook. Isn’t that great?!? Something else that is great is that … Read more

Interview With Poet Denise Duhamel

(Note to prompt-hungry poets: This is not a prompt; please don’t mistakenly post your poems for prompts into the comments of this blog post.) Okay, so I know everyone’s busy with writing … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Completely and utterly flabbergasted; that’s right–flabbergasted! You’re all so great. This challenge feels like it’s gone from being a house party to a block party–for poets no less. Basically, what I’m trying … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Wow! It looks like we’ve got even more International participation than last year, and even the North American participants are chomping at the bit. In realization that much of the world is … Read more

Poetry Writing Titles on Sale Through April

Our eCommerce Marketing Manager just let me know this morning that all our poetry-related Writer’s Digest Books will be on sale through the month of April. All our poetry writing books will … Read more

April PAD Challenge 2009: Rules & Blah-blah-blah

I’m so excited (and I just can’t hide it)–tomorrow is when April begins, which means tomorrow is when the Poetic Asides April PAD Challenge begins! (Oh yeah!) Last night, I gathered some … Read more

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