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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!

April PAD Challenge: Awards Ceremony

It’s been 3 weeks since the end of the April PAD Challenge. I hope everyone’s continued writing regularly since the end–even if that only means a poem or two per week. After … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 003

Today’s prompt is to write a family connection poem–emphasizing the relationship between two or more family members. This can be between you and your parent(s), you and your children, you and your … Read more

Sara Diane Doyle Named Poet Laureate of Poetic Asides

Before getting into this post, I want to say that the April PAD Challenge is not about competing as far as the quality of poetry is concerned. It’s very simply a challenge … Read more

Exclusive Interview With Poet Helene Cardona

It sometimes seems like all published poets wear many different hats in addition to their poetry cap. Helene Cardona exemplifies this as much (if not more) than any poet. When she’s not … Read more

Poetry Publishing Basics

Many new poets have become readers of Poetic Asides since when it began more than 10 months ago. And with close to 300 total posts, it’s not a good idea for me to … Read more

Newspaper Blackout Poetry

Before getting into the cool news, I just wanted to let everyone know who’s been looking for the rest of the April Highlights (Days 21-30) that I am still going to post … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 002

I had to drive into work in a steady rain this morning. Those who know me very well know that I loathe driving on the Interstate in the rain, because of a … Read more

Free poetry CD download!

The Academy of American Poets is getting into its bag of poetic tricks again (always in a good way). After offering up a poem-a-day by well known poets through April, they’re now allowing poets … Read more

Exclusive Interview With Poet Julianna Baggott

My first experience with Julianna Baggott was on my first edition as editor of Writer’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books). I asked her to write a diary style piece on how she published … Read more

Day 20 Highlights

On Day 20, I asked you to write a Love poem. And the sparks started flying immediately. There’s no better way to start a week than with a little love, so without … Read more

Poets Have Mothers, Too!

And if you’re looking for a brilliant, cost effective, creative and last minute gift for Mother’s Day, do what I plan on doing for my mother: Write her a poem. Actually, I’m … Read more

Thank You IRS!

While I’m not sure how much this stimulus/rebate thing-a-ma-bob is actually going to help the economy (just as I was skeptical of the earlier stimulus check that apparently didn’t help out), I’m … Read more

Day 19 Highlights

On Day 19, I asked you to write a poem about a memory of yourself that you personally could not remember. For instance, something from early on in your youth, from blacking … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 001

My baby brother is (finally) going to graduate with a degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma after nine years of study. You see, his big problem is that he’s even … Read more

Day 18 Highlights

There is no connection: That is the line I asked you to use in writing your poems on Day 18. It was a line that’d been rolling around in my head for … Read more

Day 17 Highlights

Before we get into the highlights: I’m going to be posting the Wednesday prompts here on the blog starting tomorrow. Let the good times roll! Also, the community is buzzing along in … Read more

The Copyright Symbol and Your Submissions

During the PAD Challenge, I noticed quite a few poets including either the word Copyright or the copyright symbol–a C inside a circle. While I understand the fear of someone stealing your … Read more

USPS ups its rates–effective May 12

Beginning May 12, the United States post office is changing its rates (after doing so less than a year ago). First-Class Mail stamps will increase from 41 to 42 cents; however, those … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Wrap Up

Thanks to all of you, the April PAD Challenge was a phenomenal success. In fact, I think there’s no way around making this an annual event moving forward. You can’t even know … Read more

Day 16 Highlights

On Day 16, I asked you to write a poem with a twist at the end–something I was calling the “Alfred Hitchcock” poem. I was really impressed with the results and the … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 30

So this is it: the final prompt of the April PAD Challenge. We’ve made it; we’ve made it. I’d be sad that it’s all over, but I think in some ways we’re … Read more

Day 15 Highlights

Wow! On Day 15, I offered two prompts for Tuesday. And an overwhelming number of you wrote a poem for each prompt. Some of you even went well beyond that. I’m guessing … Read more

Gary Snyder Wins 2008 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize!

Kudos to my managing editor Alice Pope for sending along the following press release from the Poetry Foundation: CHICAGO — Poet Gary Snyder is the winner of the 2008 Ruth Lilly Poetry … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Yay! So many of you have made it past the sestina! And I’m still alive, though I’m sure many of you no longer consider me your friend. It’s nice to put in … Read more

Day 14 Highlights

On Day 14, I asked you to write a poem with the title “This is how (blank) behaves” where you fill in the blank and go from there. Many people wrote about … Read more

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