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!

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 213

We figured out the Great Missing Comment Box Mystery of 2013 around the end of last week. So we should have a completely healthy commenting experience today (knocking on wood). In fact, let’s make that the prompt today. For today’s prompt, write a knock on wood poem. This might be about a situation that...

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2013 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

Here we are–the sixth annual April PAD Challenge. In a little less than 4 weeks, we’ll start meeting here every day to poem like it’s (Inter)National Poetry Month. Poets from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, India, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, and several other countries have participated in this challenge over...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Pantoum

It’s time for another Writer’s Digest poetic form challenge! This time around, we’re writing the pantoum, a poetic form filled with repeating lines and rhymes. The form originates in Malay. Here are the basic rules for the form: Poem consists of quatrains (4-line stanzas). No limit, but there should be at least 2 stanzas....

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 212

For this week’s prompt, write a descending poem. You know the old saying, “Everything that ascends must descend.” Okay, maybe it goes a little different than that. Anyway, there’s a lot of stuff that descends. Find something and write it! Here’s my attempt: “Silly” In the kitchen, Will declares, “I’m silly, Hannah’s silly, and...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 211

In April and November, the Poetic Asides blog is all about writing a poem each and every day of the month. During the rest of the year, we prompt and poem on Wednesdays. For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “Don’t Forget (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new...

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2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Results

Wow! So everyone brought their A-game for this chapbook challenge. Previous challenges have provided plenty of quality manuscripts, but this year was just insanely crowded with talent–some written by familiar names, others by newbies who followed quietly at home (or on their personal blogs). At the end of the day, I really couldn’t make...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 210

Tomorrow is V-Day, so there’ll be plenty of chocolates, kissing, fighting, and lonely hearts out there as a result. For today’s prompt, I’ve actually got two options: Write a valentine poem. Write an anti-love poem. Here’s my attempt at a Valentine Poem: “rain” there’s a creek down this hill that collects all the rain...

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5 Ways to Revise Poems

My blog spends a lot of time on the creation of poetry, but I haven’t dedicated anything to revision in more than a year. While I’m always writing and revising poetry, I think my recent book deal and subsequent intense editing has inspired me to share a few of the more common editing tricks...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 209

For this week’s prompt, write a poem somehow influenced by an animal. The animal could be the title of the poem, the subject of the poem, a bit part in the poem. Dive into what it means to be animal or non-animal. Have fun. Here’s my attempt at an animal-influenced poem: “Squirrel” Nobody knows...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rondel Winner

I have a couple apologies to make. First, I don’t have the November PAD Challenge finalists and winner decided just yet (though I’m shooting to have it finished by Valentine’s Day). Second, I got completely twisted around on the rondel form (multiple times)–confusing all those capital and lowercase A’s and B’s and a’s and...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 208

For this week’s prompt, write a forever poem. The poem could be about things that last forever, take forever, or play on the concept that nothing lasts forever. So many possibilities exist that I’m sure some poets could write on this prompt forever. However, I promise a new prompt next Wednesday. Here’s my attempt...

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Traci Brimhall: Poet Interview

I’m always excited to find a fresh voice, and that’s the case with Traci Brimhall. I’ve had her collection Our Lady of the Ruins (Norton) next to my desk for months, but it was running across her on Facebook that prompted me to ask her for an interview and re-visit the poems. And they...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 207

For this week’s prompt, write a fragile poem. That is, write a poem that’s either delicate in its construction or is about a subject that is delicate–literally or figuratively or whatever-ly. I expect this prompt to take off in several different directions. Here’s my attempt at a fragile poem: “found” along the river clinging...

Carmen Calatayud: Poet Interview

(Quick disclosure: My first full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, will be published by Press 53 on September of this year. However, I don’t want anyone to feel my interview with Carmen was caused by this relationship. We’d set the wheels in motion before my acceptance, and I’ve interviewed Press 53 poets in...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 206

For this week, write a measured poem. I’ll let y’all decide what that means. Possibly the poem takes physical measurements or measures one person vs. another. Perhaps it is measured in syllables or stanzas. Here’s my attempt at a measured poem: “Tercets, Tercets, Tercets” Three lines is plenty if you know where you’re going...

Barton Smock: Poet Interview

I first met Bart years ago on MySpace–a fellow poet, a fellow buckeye–and immediately fell in love with his unique style of poeming. In fact, I chose him as my referral poet when I was published in La Fovea. Barton Smock lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and four children. His latest self-published...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 205

Before we get into the prompt, I just want to share my big news: My debut full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, is going to be published by Press 53! Click here to read an overly excited post about it. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “If I Were (Blank),” replace the blank...

Erica Wright: Poet Interview

Please welcome Erica Wright to the Poetic Asides blog. In addition to being a new resident of Atlanta, Erica is the author of Instructions for Killing the Jackal (Black Lawrence Press) and the chapbook Silt (Dancing Girl Press). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, From the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 204

It’s time to poem like it’s 2013, because, well, it’s 2013! For this week’s prompt, write a resolved poem. The poem can list new year resolutions, show a person resolved to do something, or any other unique angle you resolve to write. Here’s my attempt at a Resolved Poem: “Here We Go” Another year,...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rondel

(Quick note: My earlier sample messed up the rhyme scheme of the rondel, though the instructions have always been correct. Please make sure your rondels follow this rhyme scheme: ABba/abAB/abbaA. Happy poeming!) Happy New Year! Let’s get 2013 off to a great start with a new WD Poetic Form Challenge. For this challenge, we’re...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 203

OK. Here’s the better late than never Wednesday Poetry Prompt. Beginning with my grandmother passing away on Friday morning, this past week has been a whirlwind–and I only realized today was even a Wednesday about an hour ago. Sooo… For this week’s prompt, write a poem which loses itself. Perhaps, the narrator loses track...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 202

For this week’s prompt, I was inspired by the recent Heather Bell interview: Take a true event (whether in your life or another’s) and fictionalize it. You can determine how far to take the fictionalization, but try to push the envelope a little and make people question how much is real and how is...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 201

So today is 12-12-12. If you remove the second 2 from 2012, you have today’s prompt: 201. Or rearrange the prompt number and you have 012. What does it all mean? I don’t know. But numbers can be fun. Or misleading. Which can make them useful and dangerous. Like words. For today’s prompt, write...

Heather Bell: Poet Interview

It’s been a while since I’ve interviewed some poets. Too long, in fact. So I’m going to start sharing some new voices, and I think I’ve found the perfect person to get us back on track: Heather Bell. Heather is sort of a nomad poet in the sense that she’s been published extensively in...