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: 135

In case you missed it earlier, I’m soliciting feedback from the Poetic Asides community. So far, I’ve received more than 20 responses, and I hope to make my first Poetic Asides Round Up post tomorrow. Click here to learn more. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a “don’t start that again” poem. There are...

Poetic Asides Round Up Request

Earlier this morning, I had a “duh!” moment related to the Poetic Asides community. I hope you can help me out. As many of you know, the Poetic Asides readership and community brings together a wide range of poets at various points in their writing time lines. Some have been writing for years (if...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 134

In case you haven’t heard the news yet, I’ll be selecting 20 poets to publish and pay for the 2013 Poet’s Market. Click here to read guidelines. Also, I announced the winner of The Bop challenge yesterday too. Find who made the Top 10 list. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a “let’s get...

Call for Poetry Submissions for the 2013 Poet's Market!

I was going to wait until tomorrow to break this news, but it’s probably tomorrow (or close to tomorrow) in some parts of the world already. So here’s the news: I will consider poetry submissions for the 2013 Poet’s Market. 20 previously unpublished poems will be selected for publication in the book, and the...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Bop Winner

Once again, I was floored by the quality of poems submitted. Once again, I had a tough time whittling the entries down into a short list. Once again, I struggled to narrow the short list down to a Top 10. And yes, once again, it was difficult choosing a winner. But, once again, I...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 133

Good morning, everyone! I hope you’ve all been staying safe with tornadoes ripping through parts of the country. Here in Georgia, things have been rather quiet all week. When tragedy strikes, it always makes people reassess their priorities. For this week’s prompt, write a priorities poem. It can be a serious reevaluation or a...

How to Cook Up a Poetry Jam (Guest Post by Daniel Ari)

Please welcome Daniel Ari, who has offered up a guest post on how to start a poetry jam. Ari has been putting writing jams together since he was an undergrad. In the late 90s, he had a long-running group called “Poetry Slide,” and nowadays, he hosts monthly sessions at home for reading and writing...

Poetic Form: Qasida (Guest Post by Ren Powell)

Please welcome Ren Powell, whose most recent book is Mercy Island, New and Selected Poems–available through Phoenicia Publishing or Amazon. She is an associate editor with Poemeleon and blogs at http://tribeofmadorphans.com. In the following post, she introduces us to the poetic form called qasida.   ***** While I was putting together my research proposal...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 132

I hope you’ve been able to try out The Bop challenge. If not, click here to check it out. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a telling it like it is poem. Many poems play with metaphor and simile, but sometimes poets are better suited just stating the reality and stepping back. Actually, that’s...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Bop

What better way to follow up The Big 10 challenge than with The Bop! This form, developed by Afaa Michael Weaver, incorporates several elements, including a refrain, problems, resolutions, and more. Click here to learn how to write The Bop. As in previous challenges, the poet who writes The Bop that I like best...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 131

For this week’s prompt, write a “when you’re not paying attention” poem. The “you” could be the speaker in the poem, the reader of the poem, or even a character in the poem. All manner of good and bad things can happen when we’re not paying attention. Let’s see what we discover. Here’s my...

Interview With Poet Annie Finch

Annie Finch is the author of four books of poetry, including Eve, Calendars, The Encyclopedia of Scotland, and Among the Goddesses: An Epic and Libretto. Her book of poetry Calendars was short-listed for the Foreword Book of the Year Award and in 2009 she was awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award. She has performed poetry...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 130

It feels like forever since we’ve assembled to poem with a new prompt. However, I’m pretty sure it’s only been four days. I’ve been catching up on deadlines that passed last week while I was sick, but I still managed to sneak in some lines here and there. For this week’s prompt, write an...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Big 10 Winner

I’m a little late and may have pushed myself just a little too much today, but Tammy helped me near the end, and I’ve got the results to The Big 10 Challenge! After reading through pages and pages of great poems (and more than a little spam), I finally landed on a winner for...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Here we are, everyone! The final day of poeming! For this challenge, anyway. After you write your poem today, you’ll have a few days to figure out your favorite poems and submit them my way. Click here to read the official guidelines, which includes how and how many poems to submit. If I were...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

First, I want to thank everyone for the good wishes. They’re all very much appreciated. I do feel a little better today, though I start to break out in a sweat whenever I sit up for more than 20-30 minutes at a time. I am noticing progress though, so maybe today and tonight will...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

We’re only 3 days from the finish line–actually 2 days after you finish today’s prompt. Yay! For today’s prompt, write a “the world without something else” poem. If you remember on Day 3, I had everyone write a “the world without me” poem. This prompt imagines the world without something else, whether a person,...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

I apologize for the late prompt this morning. I’m battling either a severe cold or the flu and was having trouble even getting out of bed this morning to take medicine and drink liquids. Sigh. ***** For today’s prompt, take the phrase “In the (blank) of (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Before I forget, please check out a review of my limited edition chapbook, ENTER, over at Maureen Doallas’ blog (click here to read). I have fewer than 10 left, so if you’d like to snag one of the final copies, click here to learn how to do that. ***** Today is the final “Two...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

Wow! The reaction to yesterday’s prompt really was something wonderful. There was engaged discussion about faith and lack of faith in which everyone seemed to respect each other as poets and human beings. For me, it showed the best of how we can respect each other while still revealing ourselves through the written word....

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, write a prayer poem.  Your prayer poem could be religious, but it doesn’t have to be.  People can pray to make it to work on time.  Or to be rich.  Or even for the rain.  It’s completely up to you what you’re poem is about.  (I pray that everyone is respectful...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, write a quit doing what you’re doing poem.  This could be about something you need to quit doing or that someone or something else should quit doing.  ***** Here’s my attempt: “Instead of Hating” Erase the eveningand delete the day.Forget the little knivesstuck in your back,the lost promises.Make the morning a...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, write an “only one in the world” poem. This only one in the world might be a person, an animal, a place, or an object. Think of someone or something unique and write. Here’s my attempt: “Good Friday” This pen is the only penin my hand at six o’clockon Earth Day...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

For today’s prompt, write a second thoughts poem. You could have second thoughts about something you’ve done or thought in the past. You could write about someone (or something) else having second thoughts. Or you could even take a poem you wrote earlier in the month and flip it in a new direction. Here’s...