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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!

Fake Bio Note Contest!

Recently, I was reading about how the Wine Spectator magazine was duped by a fake restaurant in its restaurant awards. This got me thinking how fun it might be to have a “fake bio note” contest. And since we just recently released the 2009 Poet’s Market, I can offer that up as a prize...

Writing and Critique Groups: How many exist?

This morning, Jane Friedman (editorial director of Writer’s Digest Books) asked me to pass along the following message that she also posted on her blog (http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules). Please feel free to comment below if you have any feedback to share on this topic. Thanks! Original message: Every week at F+W, we have a pub board meeting...

Slow News Day

So I thought I didn’t have anything to share today, but as I was cleaning out my e-mail, I found the following message from Gretl van der Merwe, who’s apparently starting up a bimonthly magazine called Melisma. Here’s the official notice: TheVerbForI will be publishing the first issue of “melisma,” it’s bimonthly magazine on...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 016

Sometimes, it’s healthy to have a nice long rant about something. Ranting can become painful for those around you if it’s all you ever do. But taken in moderation, it’s a nice way to let off your own steam–and it can also open a window for others to let off their own steam (if...

Comments Are Restored!

Well, most of them anyway. It appears some are lost in the ether, but there are a lot more than 0 now. I’m not sure what happened, but I’m glad they restored most of them for us. I’m heading into a meeting right now. When I return, I’ll post this week’s poetry prompt!

Check it out…

…I’ve been interviewed by Didi Menendez over at the Oranges & Sardines blog. In the interview, she asks me if any of my poems have been inspired by a painting, which artist I would have represent one of my poems, what my poetic statement is, and more. So much more even. Check it out at: http://orangesandsardines.blogspot.com/2008/08/interview-with-poet-robert-lee-brewer.html....

World Tour 2008!

Every year, we have a Market Books “world tour” to celebrate the release of our latest editions of books. This “world tour,” which once consisted of several cities in the region has slowly eroded into our two favorite local locations. On August 20, the Market Books team (including me) will be speaking at Joseph-Beth at...

Poetry FAQs: Having what it takes to be a poet

Earlier this week, I received a long e-mail from an anonymous Poetic Asides reader who asked important questions I’m sure all poets have asked themselves at some point or another in their poetic development. Here’s some of the e-mail: “I want to put together a book of poetry. I have the subject already in mind....

Be San Fran's Next Poet Laureate!

Apparently, poet Jack Hirschman’s term has expired, and a new poet laureate for the city of San Francisco is sought. Read the full story at: http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_10189562?nclick_check=1. Nomination forms and even more poet laureate information are available at: http://sfpl.org/poetlaureate.htm. Deadline for nominations is August 28, 2008. If you’re eligible, best of luck to you.  

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 015

Good morning! Did you have any crazy dreams last night? If so, you should consider turning them into a poem. Many poets keep dream journals, which they can refer to in times of writer’s block. And often, a dream sequence can be a poem in and of itself. For this week’s prompt, I want...

Poets Helping Poets: Software for Poets?

Recently, I asked for some feedback on possible software for poets at the request of a poet friend of mine. Personally, I still write poems out with a pen on paper before copying them over into Composition Notebooks. It’s super lo-tech, but it’s a system that works for me. Here’s what other poets had...

Wedding Recap!

Quick update: The wedding (between myself and Tammy Trendle–now Tammy Brewer) went very, very well on Friday. It was attended by my baby brother Simon (the stormchaser), my mom, an old friend of the family, and my grandmother. We were married by my grandmother’s boyfriend, who did a wonderful job. As luck–and a little skill on...

I'm going to be teaching!

Some of you have asked over the past few months if I do or will teach any online courses. Well, after speaking with Joe Stollenwerk at www.writersonlineworkshops.com, I will start teaching some poetry courses online. My Fundamentals of Poetry Writing course will begin on 9/18 and it should kick butt. To learn more, including...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 014

My activity on the blog may (or may not) be limited between today’s and next week’s prompt, because I’m getting married to poet Tammy F. Trendle this weekend. So today’s prompt is obviously steered by that event. For this week, I want you to write a poem about marriage. It can be about your...

Rabbit Season/Duck Season/Submission Season

I used to love that Looney Tunes cartoon where Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck would argue over rabbit and duck season until Bugs fooled Daffy into saying, “It’s duck season. Duck season!” And then, he’d get shot, and say something like, “I hate you,” to Bugs–who’s so smart, yet always (always) takes a wrong turn...

Poetic Terms: End-stops and Enjambment

The young woman says, “July is over,but you don’t have to go on andon about it. There’s always August.” And with these three lines, I’m prepared to lay out the difference between using an end-stop or enjambment at the ends of your lines. Want to really impress and flatter a fellow poet at the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 013

For this week’s poetry prompt, I’m also going to discuss an interesting poetic form called the cento. A cento is a poem composed of lines from other poets’ poems. It’s similar to the “cut-up technique” made famous by William S. Burroughs and others. The main difference is that a cento uses only lines from...

Poets Helping Poets: Poetry Websites of Interest

Way back in June I asked poets to share their favorite poetry-related websites, and I found myself buried under recommendations. So many of the sites were great, but I tried to be hard-nosed about which ones I included on this list, because I know you’re all very busy people who can’t go checking out...

New Poetic Form, Busiest Poet, and More

I’ve just got a few random links today, including a poetic form shared from a Poetic Asides reader and other stuff. ***** The poetic form is from Salvatore Buttaci for a poem he calls The Aragman. He provided me a link to the article he wrote on the form at http://www.alongstoryshort.net/PoetCraft.html. It’s a little...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Martha Silano

Some of the poets I’ve interviewed for this blog were sought out by me; some have been recommended by other poets; and some have come to me on their own. In the case of Martha Silano, author of Blue Positive (Steel Toe Books, 2006), it was kind of a combination of these events. In...

Poetic Terms: The Stanza

While this might be too basic for some of the blog readers, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to share some poetic terms for poets who’ve not taken formal courses in poetry. Personally, I love knowing more about the various terms, and I’ve got such a bad memory that sometimes it’s good for me to have a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 012

Poetry is a form of communication–communication between the poet and the reader. But can poetry also be a form of instruction? Possibly. For this week’s poetry prompt, I want you to write a poem with the title of “How to (blank)” where you use the title as the springboard for your poem. You can...