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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!

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

For today’s prompt, write a metamorphosis poem. This is an excellent opportunity to use metaphors and/or show changes in a season, person, animal, plant, or whatever. (Hopefully, everyone won’t turn themselves into Kafka-esque roaches.) Here’s my attempt: “Development” As a boy, I flew through clouds and jumped across boulderswithout worrying about gravity. But then,I...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

For today’s prompt, write a containment poem. There are a lot of ways to contain things: Jails and prisons contain people; zoos and aquariums contain animals; and closets contain our clothes (and other “baggage”). Your poem can be about the actual container, the containment of things, or even the attempt to break free of...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

For today’s prompt, write a location poem. The poem can be about a location, but it doesn’t have to be. It could also just incorporate a location into the poem (like a love poem in Paris or something). This poem could also state your feelings about location in general. Here’s my attempt: “Don’t let...

Interview With Poet Nancy Posey

We’re two days into the 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. (Click here to read about the 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge.) Recently, I interviewed the 2009 November PAD Chapbook Challenge winner: Nancy Posey. Her collection, Let the Lady Speak, got into the skins of many different women and beat a field of more than...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rondeau

Just what everyone needs: Another poetic challenge (in the middle of a poem-a-day challenge, no less). For this Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m asking poets to write a rondeau. The rondeau is one of those fun and tricky French forms that personally I love. Click here to read my earlier post on how...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

And just like that, we’re already into our first “Two for Tuesday” prompt in which I give two options for the prompt. You can choose either of the two prompts or even write both if you feel up to it. We got off to a great start yesterday. Let’s keep at it. Here are...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cascade Poem Winner

These challenges always surprise me with how poets attack the forms. They also surprise me with the quality of the writing. If you haven’t yet, you should check out the entries for the cascade poem challenge; some great writing with a fairly relaxed poetic form. Click here to read all the entries in the...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Today begins our 30-day journey! If you’re unsure of the rules for this challenge, click here. I’m pretty flexible on things, but just contact me if you’re really worried about something either in the rules or not in the rules. ***** Usually, I kick off these challenges with some kind of get started prompt,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 112

Today will be the last Wednesday Poetry Prompt until December, because we’ll be starting the third annual November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge on Monday (click here for details). I hope to see everyone on Monday morning–possibly loaded up on sugar from Halloween. For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “What I love about (blank),” replace...

Poetic Form: Paradelle

Well, well. Who’s tried writing a paradelle? It’s a poetic form that Billy Collins originally introduced as “one of the more demanding French forms,” though eventually Collins fessed up that he created it as a joke. Collins was not kidding about the demanding rules of the paradelle. Here they are: The paradelle is a...

An Appeal to Poetry Editors

Dear Poetry Editors,* For years, poets have grown accustomed to rejection in several forms (as in rejection forms) and the occasional nice note. However, there are some editorial practices that need to be done away with for the good mental health of poets, who already have their mental health called into question for working...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 111

What a numerical day! 10-20-20-10. Of course, the numerical splendor only lasts a day, because the date is always changing. Also, this time of year is filled with several other changes. The temperatures are changing; birds are migrating; crops are being harvested (or perhaps planted in the Southern Hemisphere); and so on. Things are...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cascade Poem

For this Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m asking poets to write a cascade poem. The cascade poem is a great form for poets who are intimidated by meter and rhymes, because neither are necessary for this form. Click here to read my earlier post on how to write a cascade poem. As in...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 110

First off, I want to throw out a Happy Birthday to my mother! Happy Birthday! ***** Second off, don’t forget about these two challenges (one will begin in November, the other has already started: 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge 2011 Poetic Form Challenge Plus, I’ll be sharing the details on another WD Poetic Form...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 109

For this week’s prompt, write an “other side of the fence” poem. It’s easy to get caught up in our own worries and concerns. This poem should attempt to empathize with the other person, animal or situation. For instance, you could write a poem from the perspective of the person who did a horrible...

2011 Poetic Form Challenge!

I’ve been carrying around this idea in my back pocket since I started this blog with Nancy Breen. The only thing holding me back is how to best accomplish. Now that we’ve weathered a quite a few writing challenges, including form-based writing challenged, I think the time is right for this new challenge. Between...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 108

Just in case you missed it, I recently posted the 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge rules and guidelines. This will be the third year of this poem-a-day challenge in November that will hopefully lead to a chapbook worth of poems. Click here to learn more. ***** For today’s prompt, write an emergency poem. The...

Blogging Poets: Jessie Carty

Way back on April 26 (in the heat of running for Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere), I posted that I wanted to do a better job of informing my readers of other poetry blogs. Well, it’s taken longer than I expected, but here is the first in what I hope will be many Blogging...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge Rules

First off, the November PAD Chapbook Challenge is all about the fun and poeming! During the month of November, don’t worry so much about finished drafts; just get the rough drafts cranked out each day. After all, you’ve got December (and the rest of your life, for that matter) to edit. That said, let’s bring on...

Interview With Poet Sarah James

I love interviewing poets, but I really love interviewing poets who publish their first collection and let me know that the title poem was originally a response to a Poetic Asides poetry prompt. And yes, I’m talking about today’s interview with poet Sarah James. Sarah’s collection Into the Yell was published in 2009 by...

Poetic Form: The Bop

Since it’s always good to challenge ourselves to do new things, I’m going to try two in this blog post. First, I’m going to try and incorporate images. Second, I’ll try my hand at The Bop. The Bop is a poetic form that was developed by poet Afaa Michael Weaver (pic below) at a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 107

For this week’s prompt, write a cycle poem. I think my initial thought on this prompt was to write a poem that involves a cyclical process, such as a life cycle, election cycle, etc., but I suppose there are other interpretations out there too. Poems could be written on the re-cycle process or riding...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Monotetra Winner

These form challenges are fun and good at accomplishing at least one thing: They burn the forms into my brain. Such has been the case with these monotetras. After reading over the poems (many of them multiple times), I found myself thinking in 8-syllable lines with 4-syllable refrains. I’m surprised there weren’t more poems...

Simile vs. Metaphor: Smackdown!

The title to this post makes it sound like I’m going to have similes breaking chairs across metaphors’ backs. Maybe metaphors will pin similes. As if. Similes and metaphors both have their uses in poetry. I don’t want to say that one is always better than the other, because they are both devices of...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 106

This week, write a poem about a person. Any person will do. The person can be famous, infamous or someone you know personally. I suppose imaginary friends and/or fictional characters might count for this prompt as well. If you wish, please put the name of the person in the title of your poem. I...