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!

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

(Okay, going to try this again. Maybe the prompt and poem will take this time. I tried more than 6 hours ago, and they didn’t.) I had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for all the well wishes! (If you’re interested in Christmas music, check out my personal blog.) Since I’m still up, I figured I’d...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving! Click here to read a special Thanksgiving message on my personal blog, where you can learn a special new announcement from me and a brand new picture–plus other stuff. ***** For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. Your poem can mention an animal in its title or somewhere in...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, write a spaces poem. Your poem could involve white space, outer space, inner space, a parking space, the space between one day and the next, or something other type of spacing. Allow yourself enough space to play around. Here’s my attempt: “From one space to the next” First, there is a...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

Wow! We’re only a week away from completing another November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Of course, for many, this is likely to be the busiest week of the month. But I’m sure everyone can push through and hit the finish line. Let’s do it! For today’s “Two for Tuesday” prompt, write one of the following...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

Okay, the weekend was a little wild and unpredictable–from wiping out comments to not letting me post any prompts (and then eventually posting multiple prompts). Hopefully, we can get back to a little normalcy for the final week or so of poeming. Time to make a stand. No, really, the prompt today is to...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

(Quick update: Since the Poetic Asides blog did not give me permission to post my prompt and poem earlier today–it was past midnight here at the time–I posted the prompt and poem on my personal blog, which is usually more reliable anyway. Hopefully, this attempt to post again to Poetic Asides after getting some...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

Up early this morning. Actually, I’m about to hit the road for what will probably be a 16-18 hour road trip up to Ohio and back again (picking up my Ohio boys for Thanksgiving break–yay!). So if you see someone between Duluth, Georgia, and Fairfield, Ohio, today wearing glasses and a brown You’ll Shoot...

Blogging Poets: Collin Kelley

I first discovered Collin Kelley through my wife, who loves his blog: Modern Confessional. Over time, I’ve been lucky enough to meet him a few times in person, but I still love reading his blog which has a lot of personality. But Collin is more than just a blogger, he’s a great poet and...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

For today’s prompt, write a poem with a hole in it. The hole could be referenced in the poem, which could be about subjects such as hitting a golf ball in the hole, punching a hole in the wall, or even visiting a hole in the wall bar. Of course, with everyone flexing their...

Poetic Form: Palindrome poetry (or mirror poem)

Just when I thought I’d run into one of the crazier poetic forms in the paradelle (click to read Poetic Form: Paradelle), I tried my hand at the palindrome poem, which I think is much more difficult. The rules are simple enough: You must use the same words in the first half of the...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

For today’s prompt, write a lost & found poem. I suppose you could focus on either what’s lost or what’s found–or both. Or you could focus on how things change after something lost. Or after something is found. Or…I’m starting to lose my train of thought. I’m sure you’ve probably got the idea. Here’s...

Poet Interviews TOC (Updated November 2010)

I’ve been lucky enough to interview several talented poets on the blog. And to make it easier for you to read them all, I’ve updated my poet interview TOC. There are many more interviews on the way. Bill Abbott Nin Andrews Julianna Baggott Sandra Beasley Shaindel Beers April Bernard Tammy Foster Brewer Jericho Brown...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

Personal note: I had the prompts for this challenge figured out about a month before we started this challenge. We’re 17 days into the challenge now, and I think I’m finally figuring out my theme for the month–for my own poems. We’ll see what I come up with during the final 13 days, but...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

It’s a two-for-Tuesday prompt today. Here are the prompts: Write a stacking poem. The poem could be about stacking objects. Or it could be about stacking ideas, stacking the deck, stacking the odds against something happening, etc. Write an unstacking poem. Just the opposite of the first prompt. Unstack objects or tear down the...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

We’re already half-way through the month. Today is prompt 15, which means there are only 15 left to go. It’s all down hill from here, right? For today’s prompt, write a “just when you thought it was safe” poem. For instance, write a poem about the dangers of going off a diet just after...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

For today’s prompt, write a crossroads poem. This could be a poem about a physical, mental, or emotional intersection. For instance, graduating college or getting a divorce often leaves people at a crossroads. Or finishing a ginormous project at work. Or even starting a poem. After all, that blank page (or screen) offers so...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

I’m not sure what time it is in your neck of the woods, but here in Duluth, Georgia, it is a little past 1 a.m. on Saturday morning (November 13). For some reason, I’m still awake, so I figure I’ll shake things up a little and post for the folks on the other side...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

For today’s prompt, write a “forget what they say” poem. To do this, you could take a familiar saying and spin it on its head. Or comfort someone who’s being told they can’t do something. Or have the narrator of the poem pledge not to listen to the crowd. Or forget what I’ve said...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “No One Wants (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles include: “No One Wants to Tell the Truth,” “No One Wants to Save Their Money,” “No One Wants to Write...

Interview With Poet Erika Meitner

Earlier this year, Harper Perennial released Erika Meitner’s Ideal Cities, which has already received praise from poets such as Paul Guest, Nikki Giovanni and Denise Duhamel. And you can go ahead and throw me on the bandwagon too, because I really enjoyed the way Ideal Cities dealt with both location and family.   In...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Some mornings, I’m able to get to the computer earlier than others. Today is one of those early bird days! Yay! For today’s prompt, write a love poem. Simple as that. Poets who’ve done the PAD challenges in the past know I always sneak this one in somewhere during the month. And if you’re...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

For today’s prompt, write a metamorphosis poem. This is an excellent opportunity to use metaphors and/or show changes in a season, person, animal, plant, or whatever. (Hopefully, everyone won’t turn themselves into Kafka-esque roaches.) Here’s my attempt: “Development” As a boy, I flew through clouds and jumped across boulderswithout worrying about gravity. But then,I...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

For today’s prompt, write a containment poem. There are a lot of ways to contain things: Jails and prisons contain people; zoos and aquariums contain animals; and closets contain our clothes (and other “baggage”). Your poem can be about the actual container, the containment of things, or even the attempt to break free of...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

For today’s prompt, write a location poem. The poem can be about a location, but it doesn’t have to be. It could also just incorporate a location into the poem (like a love poem in Paris or something). This poem could also state your feelings about location in general. Here’s my attempt: “Don’t let...

Interview With Poet Nancy Posey

We’re two days into the 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. (Click here to read about the 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge.) Recently, I interviewed the 2009 November PAD Chapbook Challenge winner: Nancy Posey. Her collection, Let the Lady Speak, got into the skins of many different women and beat a field of more than...