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 16

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Once Upon a (Blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles could include: “Once Upon a Time,” “Once Upon a Moon,” or “Once Upon a Stage Accepting the Nobel Prize in...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

I admit I’m a bit predictable at times. For instance, I always include the following Two for Tuesday prompt during April and November PAD Challenges. For today’s prompt, you have two options: Write a love poem. Write an anti-love poem. Here’s my attempt: “no poems” there are no poems hiding between us, no things...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

Okay, we’re now a full two weeks into this challenge. How’s everyone holding up? l’ve been pretty pleased with my output so far–even working a few form poems into the mix. Anywho, we wrote kind poems yesterday, so today I’m going in a different direction for my little boys. For today’s prompt, write a...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

Good morning! Today is World Kindness Day. As a result… The prompt for today is to write a kind poem. My interpretation of this prompt is that the poem should either be kind or somehow involve kindness in it–one way or the other. I suppose the poem could also involve cruelty–as long as there...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

For today’s prompt, write an excess poem. In today’s culture, there seems to be an excess of excess–even with the state of economy. From an excess of advertisements and political posturing to an excess of electronic gadgets and debt, there’s an excessive number of ways to attack today’s prompt. Here’s my attempt: “There are...

11/11/11 at 11:11 (hopefully)

My employer, F+W Media, decided today (11/11/11) is the perfect day to offer their Warehouse Sale of the Century! Stores across the entire F+W Media community today have deep discounts available to enthusiasts in a variety of disciplines. Click here to learn more. For instance, A Writer’s Paris, by Eric Maisel, is available for...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Today is 11/11/11, so today’s prompt is to write a poem involving math and/or numbers (I realize the higher you go in math the more abstract it gets). Anyway, have fun poeming today, because we won’t get to all meet up here again on 11/11/11 for another 100 years. Here’s my attempt: “11 Ways to...

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!...