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!

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

After writing your poems today, we’ll be a third of the way through this challenge. While I know some poets are just warming up, there are others who need encouragement to keep going. You can do it (and have been doing it): one poem at a time. For today’s prompt, write a different perspective...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

Is it just me, or is this month flying by? It seems like intense poeming always speeds up time for me. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) or (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

It’s time for our second Tuesday of the month, which happens to be Election Day here in the States. Hope everyone has fun casting ballots today. Here are the options for today’s “Two for Tuesday” prompt: Write a paranormal poem. In case you’re unsure, click here for a thorough definition of the term “paranormal.”...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

We’re already one week deep into this challenge. I hope everyone’s having a great time. Just in case you’re new to this challenge, here are the rules/guidelines. For today’s prompt, write a “what won’t wait” poem. Only you know what won’t wait. Maybe it’s falling in love or work–or death (one of my favorite...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

I hope everyone took advantage of Daylight Savings Time to get an extra hour of sleep last night. I know I did. Also, a quick note, because some have asked: Poets are more than welcome to jump in and start poeming along, even if they’re a day or week late to the party. The...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

Quick reminder: Daylight Savings is tonight. Set your clocks appropriately before going to sleep. For today’s prompt, write a broken poem. The poem can be specifically about something breaking or just include something (or someone for that matter) that’s broken. Get as creative as you want about interpreting what’s broken: cars, hearts, toys, spirits,...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

Since we’re working toward completing a chapbook during this challenge, I should mention that I still have around 15 or so copies of my limited edition chapbook ESCAPE available. ESCAPE collects 22 poems (many that found homes in publications) written around a loose form and theme. Readers have said the poems “are on fire”...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Just a quick note before the poeming today, but if for any reason your poem/comment says it’s awaiting moderation, don’t worry, I’ll get to it and approve it. I’m not sure what triggers the moderation system, but I’ve been jumping in a few times each day to moderate (approve) comments. Just don’t want anyone...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

All right! From just scanning, it appears the first day went very well. But now things get tricky, because it is the second day. (Cue: Evil Laugh) For today’s prompt, use an epigraph to kickstart your poem. That is, use a quotation. You can use a favorite of your own, or if you’re having trouble thinking of...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

It’s time for another challenge! Arrrreeeee yyyyyoooouuuu reeeeeaaaddddyyyyyy to pooooooeeeeemmmm? I know I am! And today just happens to be a Tuesday, which means two prompts! For those new to the PAD challenge, you can pick one of the two prompts or do both–if that’s how you roll. Also, you can share your poem(s)...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 155

Well, this is the last Wednesday Poetry Prompts until December, because we’ll be poeming every single day in the month of November. If you haven’t checked out the 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge guidelines, click here now. ***** For this prompt, write an “until we meet again” poem. I guess, this could also be...

Interview With Poet Kristina Marie Darling

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Night Songs (Gold Wake Press); Compendium (Cow Heavy Books); and The Body is a Little Gilded Cage: A Story in Letters & Fragments (Gold Wake Press). She has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Prose Poem Winner

It took me a while, but I’ve finally landed on a winner for the Prose Poem challenge. I found great difficulty in choosing a winner, because the prose form seemed to liberate a lot of poets. This meant that I read a lot of really great poems. However, there can ultimately only be one...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 154

For this week’s prompt, write a spooky poem. Of course, I expect everyone to have a different meaning of spooky. Maybe it’s clowns or someone standing just outside of view. Maybe it’s a movie or the economy or public speaking. Here’s my attempt: “Halloween” The mornings stay darker later; the evenings get darker sooner;...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 153

In case you haven’t seen it yet, I recently released the 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge guidelines. We’re just a little more than two weeks away from poemania! Click here to read the guidelines. ***** For today’s prompt, write a poem that plays with the idea of disguises. There are physical disguises, of course,...

Interview With Poet Scott Owens

I’ve been aware of Scott Owens and his poetry for years, and he’s even participated in a previous April PAD Challenge, but I didn’t get to meet him in person until earlier this year at the Blue Ridge Writers Conference. While at that event, I got to see Scott perform well in two very...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge Rules!

I’ve been hearing it from poets since May, “I can’t wait for the November PAD Challenge!” And while I was glad for a little break to re-set my poetic brain and revise some of my April poems, I’ve definitely reached the point at which I’ve joined the chorus: I can’t wait for the November PAD Chapbook Challenge!...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 152

Over the weekend, I was in Webster, Texas, as part of the Houston Poetry Fest’s “Out of Bounds” reading. Our own Laurie Kolp made it out to the reading, and I met a few other “silent” readers of Poetic Asides, including Laura Pena. Click here to read about my experience (and see a few...

ESCAPE Into Poetry

I have some pretty exciting news to share: My second limited edition collection of poetry, titled ESCAPE, was recently released, and it’s already received some great feedback. Click here to read a very cool review of ESCAPE. Earlier this year, I released my first collection ENTER, and it pretty much introduced the best of my...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 151

For this week’s prompt, pick a creature that lives primarily in water and incorporate it into your poem. Could be a fish. Could be a whale. Could be a crab. Could be the Loch Ness Monster. The poem doesn’t have to be about the create, but it should be worked in one way or...

Poetic Forms: Rispetto

Okay, here’s a new form. Actually, scratch that. This is a very old form (from Italy, no less). Still, new to me anyway. I found more than a few definitions, but here are the two most common variations: Rispetto #1: Poem comprised of two quatrains written in iambic (unstress, stress) tetrameter (four feet–or, in...

Interview With Poet Terri Kirby Erickson

When the site was redesigned recently, there were some posts that were lost. This post was part of that group, but it was fairly recent, so we’re able to reconstruct it somewhat here. The timing is actually fortuitous, because Press 53 has just released a limited hardcover edition of Erickson’s collection In the Palms...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 150

As you might notice from my sophisticated numbering system, we’re doing the 150th Wednesday Poetry Prompt today. Yay! It’s amazing to think we’ve been writing so many poems on Wednesday for so long. Here’s hoping we’ve got another 150 in us. For today’s prompt, write a poem that starts with someone else’s line. I’m...