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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!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 090

Somehow it’s already been a week since the last prompt. Is it just me or is this year picking up steam? For this week’s prompt, I want you to take the phrase “Ways to (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new word or phrase the title of your poem,...

Altering poetry for publication: Good or bad?

I like making these post-#poettues posts after tweeting poetry on Tuesdays on Twitter. (Click here to view this week’s transcript.) Today, we discussed self-publishing poetry in unusual formats, the importance of quality and design in publication, and selective poetry journals vs. those that accept about anything. And then, we hit upon the big topic...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 089

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my recent post on the lune. (Click to continue.) ***** For this week’s prompt, write a lightbulb poem. By lightbulb, I mean the kind of lightbulb that pops over a cartoon character’s head when it has a “Eureka!” moment. So a poem with some sort...

Poetic Form: Lune

The lune is also known as the American Haiku. It was first created by the poet Robert Kelly (truly a great poet) and was a result of Kelly’s frustration with English haiku. After much experimentation, he settled on a 13-syllable, self-contained poem that has 5 syllables in the first line, 3 syllables in the...

Meeting Poet S.A. Griffin & Viewing The Poetry Bomb

S.A. Griffin is one of those cool poets who really lives for poetry and spreading the word about poetry. Recently, he’s undertaken what I think is just an awesome poetic experiment called The Poetry Bomb. Basically, he bought a bomb, cleaned it out, prettied it up, and stuffed it with poetry. I saw it...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 088

Before the prompt, here are a few announcements: Be sure to check out the WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ghazal. (Click to continue.) Bruce Niedt passed along that Diane Lockward (interviewed here) is hosting a poetry journal festival in Warren County, New Jersey, on May 16. Learn more at: www.dianelockward.com/fest.html ***** For this week’s prompt,...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ghazal

Okay, everyone, it’s time for our second WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, I’m seeking a ghazal (click here to learn more about this form). As with the previous challenge, the winning poet will be featured in the Poetic Asides column in a future issue of Writer’s Digest, including at least an excerpt...

The Importance of Form

I just updated the poetic forms list on this blog (click here to check out 29 different poetic forms). I feel that attempting poetic forms is an essential step on the path to becoming a good poet. This doesn’t mean that I think poets have to write in forms to be considered poets, but...

Love & a jukebox: Two recent releases

I love keeping track of who is doing what, especially when those “who”s are former interview subjects on the Poetic Asides blog. Joseph Mills and Sandra Beasley have both recently released new collections. ***** Press 53 published Joseph Mills’ new collection Love and Other Collisions. Mills even mentioned that a few of the poems...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 087

Time to get back into our weekly Wednesday Poetry Prompt groove. If you still haven’t submitted up to 5 poems for the April PAD Challenge, click here to read the guidelines on how to make that happen. There’s only a little more than 14 hours left! For this week’s prompt, write a poem about...

Quality v. Quantity: Do they need each other?

Now that I’m escaping from the vacuum of National Poetry Month and another successful April Poem-A-Day Challenge, I find myself wondering about the relationship of quantity and quality in writing. Is there value in writing every day? Is a writing routine a good or bad thing for poets? Questions such as these have been...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Today is the final day of April, which also means it is the final day of the 2010 April PAD Challenge. It has been an amazing month of poeming and community, but it’s not quite over yet. Everyone still needs to: Write a poem today. Pick and submit up to five of your best...

Exciting News!

We did it! Everyone did their part (small and/or large) to get me named co-Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere with Sina Queyras, who blogs for the PoetryFoundation.org and Lemon Hound. While I agree that a tie was the best way to settle it, I was glad to see that y’all helped give me a...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Today is the last day to cast a vote for the Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere competition. As of a few minutes ago, I was holding a 2-vote lead, though I was behind in the voting for much of yesterday afternoon. So, this could definitely go either way. If you can and are willing,...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

Since we’re so near the end, I’m going to start linking to the guidelines for any poets who wish to submit up to five of their favorite poems from the month (by May 5) to possibly be spotlighted in a future post on the blog. (Click to continue.) ***** Also, I thought the voting...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Before we get into the prompt, I want everyone to click here to read the new Poem Nicely rules. 99.9% of the readers of this blog do not fall into this category. However, I want everyone to know what I will and will not tolerate on this blog. And if you have any questions,...

Poem nicely

Recently, the temperature has been turned up on this blog–to the point at which some very nice poets are leaving or threatening to leave the blog because they don’t feel comfortable posting their work for fear they’ll be attacked (in words). That is not the kind of blog I run, so for the first...

Blogging Poets: Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere

As you may know, I’m in the running for Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere (click here to vote for me), which is hosted by BloggingPoet.com. It’s a “for fun” type of competition for the most part; but recently, a person posted this in the comments of one post: This blog is NOT representative of...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

I make all the prompts for these challenges in advance of the actual month. It’s often hard enough to write a poem each day, so I don’t want to freeze up on creating prompts, too. However, I do often make a few adjustments as the challenge plays out. Such is the case with today’s...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

We’re getting down to the final days of the challenge. This is the point in the race where you can see the finish line; so dig deep and finish with a sprint. We’re nearly there. ***** For today’s prompt, write a poem inspired by a song. Be sure to include the song and artist...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

Just drove all night from Georgia to Ohio and am about to get a little sleep. Knowing I’ll probably be even more out of it later this morning than I am now, I’m just going to post now. ***** For today’s prompt, write an evening poem. My initial thought is that this poem would...

No More Codes!

Our awesome programmer, Todd Spurlock, removed the code module on the commenting part of the site. Hopefully, the blog won’t be attacked by robots now, but this *should* solve the problems with leaving comments. It still runs on the slow side, but it seems to work now. Please let me know if this is...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, write an exhausted poem. The poem can be a first person account of your own exhaustion, or it can describe the exhaustion of someone (or something) else. Heck, I guess it even could be about exhaust, huh? Here’s my attempt for the day: “Baby bedtime” When Ben got tired, he’d runthrough...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

Time to solicit feedback from those who are having to try more than five times to post their poems, please send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: More Than Five Times. In your e-mail, please include:  Very specific steps of what you do and what you see at each step. What...

A Place to Post Poems

I’ve been receiving reports since yesterday that posting poems in the comments is proving even more problematic than usual. The programmers are looking into why this issue is suddenly getting even worse than usual, but I want to offer some alternative places to post in the meantime: Post poems over at my personal blog. I’ve created...