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: Senryu Winner

The cool thing about these short form challenges is that there are a lot of submissions. Of course, that’s also the challenging part of judging these, especially when so many are so good. It’s amazing how big such a small poem can be. And the winner for this challenge is Michelle Hed! Congratulations! *****...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 226

We’re in the middle of summer now. Some heavy summer showers are crashing down right outside my window as I type. It’s a great morning to write a poem. For this week’s prompt, write an informative poem. This poem could give directions, share news from the outside world, or in some other way inform...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 225

I’ve been busy this week taking a vacation to volunteer with day camp. So I’ve been leading around a bunch of 9-year-old Cub Scouts for 8 hours each day. It’s been a lot of work–but also a lot of fun. For this week’s prompt, write a poem about a challenging situation. Maybe it’s getting...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 224

For today’s prompt, write a sinister poem. The narrator could be sinister, or something sinister could be happening to someone (or something) else. Here’s my attempt: “appearances” not everyone’s who they appear even nice folks should draw near for i once knew a minister who was rather sinister dripping hot wax in our ears...

Finding Success as a Poet

Today, I announced my debut full-length book of poetry, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53), is available for pre-order on my publisher’s website (click here to learn more). It didn’t take long–about 3 minutes on Facebook–for someone to start attacking the collection, my poetry, and me. I would chalk it up to some random...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 223

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “Entertain (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include “Entertain the Thought,” “Entertain the World,” “Entertain Guests,” and whatever other creative ideas everyone creates. I’m sure it’ll be “entertaining.”...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 222

For this week’s prompt, write a child’s play poem. All of us were at one point children. Some of us may be lucky enough to still be children. Certainly, we all know people who act childish. Here’s my attempt at a little child’s play: “kids” want me to fix their broken toys but then...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 221

Over the past weekend, I took Friday off work and “unplugged” myself from nearly all my electronics (except my phone, which I barely used) until Monday night. So four days and four nights (if including Thursday night) without e-mail, social media, blogging, websites, etc. As a person constantly immersed in media, it felt liberating...

Deborah Hauser: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Deborah Hauser to the Poetic Asides blog. Deborah Hauser is the author of Ennui: From the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Feminine Disorders (Finishing Line Press, 2011). She graduated from Stony Brook University with a Masters in English Literature and has taught at Stony Brook University and Suffolk...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Senryu

It’s been two months since our last poetic form challenge and the April PAD Challenge is over, so let’s get another one started. This time around, the challenge is to write senryu, which is a variation of the haiku. As with haiku, senryu are most often 3-line poems containing 17 (or fewer) syllables–often in...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 220

Sorry for the late prompt today. Was finishing up some edits on Writer’s Market all morning. For this week’s prompt, write a late poem. I know, I know–how original! But seriously, write a poem in which someone or something is late. Yeah, there are a LOT of directions to take this prompt, whether you...

Karen Rigby: Poet Interview

Please welcome Karen Rigby to the Poetic Asides blog! Rigby is the author of Chinoiserie (Ahsahta Press, 2012), winner of the 2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, and of the chapbooks Savage Machinery and Festival Bone. She has received a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a residency at the Vermont Studio Center,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 219

For today’s poetry prompt, write an “on the run” (or “on the loose”) poem. Could be a person on the run, or an animal, or even an idea. Here’s my attempt: “stopping by boats on a summer evening” -after Robert Frost whose boat this is i think i know. her house is in the...

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S. Thomas Summers: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming S. Thomas Summers to the Poetic Asides blog. Summers is a teacher of Writing and Literature at Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, NJ and an adjunct writing professor at Passaic County Community College in Wanaque, NJ. His first book, Private Hercules McGraw: Poems of the American Civil War (Anaphora Literary Press,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 218

For this week’s prompt, write a chapter poem. This could be the first chapter of a book…or last chapter. It could be the chapter of an organization. Or a chapter of your life. Here’s my attempt at a chapter poem: “the book” this old book i can’t seem to read offers two chapters for...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rispetto Winner

It took awhile, but here’s the winner post for the most recent poetic form challenge: the rispetto. I enjoyed reading both versions, though I noticed most poets favored the 8×8 version, including the ultimate winner: Jane Shlensky. Impressions, by Jane Shlensky Behold the peacock in the yard surrounded by his harem hens, his tail...

2013 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

Okay, now that we’ve poemed, I’m looking forward to the next step, which is where poets pick five of their favorite poems from the April PAD Challenge and send them in to me to read. I love this part, because I get to see all the different places poets have been with their words...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 217

I hope to get the next steps for the 2013 April PAD Challenge up either later today or tomorrow, but in the meantime, we’ve somehow landed on a Wednesday already–first day out of the challenge! For this week’s prompt, write a confused poem. Take it wherever you need to. Here’s my attempt at a...

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Today is the final day. We made it! Tomorrow, we’ll revert back to our Wednesday Poetry Prompts, though I won’t be surprised if quite a few poets take a breather. I’m also hoping to post the wrap-up post tomorrow. So watch for it. For today’s prompt, which is a Two-for-Tuesday prompt, pick one (or...

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

After today, there’s just tomorrow. How did we get through April so fast? For today’s prompt, take a line from one of your poems (preferably one of your April poems), make it the title of your poem today, and then, write the poem. Here’s my attempt: “unseen until after they’re spent” moments without any...

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

Only three days left! Let’s push to the summit. For today’s prompt, write a shadorma. For those new to the shadorma, it’s a fun little 6-line poem that follows this syllable count: 3/5/3/3/7/5. Here’s my attempt at a shadorma: “mornings after” maybe she won’t need him again maybe she knows that he is just...

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...