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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: Day 15

Half. Way. There. That’s where we’re at after you finish today’s prompt. Somehow we’ve made it–huffing and puffing–to the top of the hill and starting tomorrow we’ll be running downhill to the … Read more

Day 6 Highlights

On Day 6, I asked you to record the details of your day and write a poem about it. The resulting poems were great. While they may seem “routine” or “ordinary” to … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Even before some of the comments left yesterday, I’ve noticed there is a community forming with this April PAD Challenge. Many of you have thanked me, but you should really be thanking … Read more

Day 5 Highlights

Day 5′s prompt was sent via a cranky PC in an arcade in a little mall in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It cost me $3 for 30 minutes of access. So, I pounded out … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 13

Heart. There has been a lot of heart on display in your poems this month. I just wanted to get that out there and say, “Thank you.” It’s been a real pleasure … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 12

My sons are keeping me busy this morning, so let’s get straight into the prompt.  We’re going to write an apology poem.  You can apologize for ending a relationship, breaking a chair, … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Today’s high temperature is supposed to be in the mid-70s, which is soooo great. The next 3 days are projected in the mid-40s: Say what?!? Gotta love Ohio in spring. ***** The … Read more

Day 4 Highlights

Day 4′s prompt was to write a thankful and/or tribute poem. While I’ve been digging reading all these poems each night, this prompt was surprisingly heartwarming. There’s a lot of love and … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 10

Shoooooooo, doggies! We’ve made it to double digits! One-third of the way to pay dirt! Thirty-three point three percent! In other words, we’re well on our way to the barren wasteland of the … Read more

Day 3 Highlights

Day 3 was all about that funny little form the haiku. Some people complained; others moaned; but everyone took a shot (or even several shots) at writing this Japanese classic. Here are … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Today’s prompt is to choose a word (any word) and then write a poem either about that word or using that word in different ways. Be sure to point out which word … Read more

Day 2 Highlights

As you may remember, the Day 2 prompt asked poets to put themselves in someone (or something) else’s skin. What great responses this prompt produced! Before I share the poems that most … Read more

Robert Hass and Philip Schultz claim the 2008 Pulitzer in Poetry

Hass’ collection Time and Materials earned him the 2007 National Book Award and now he’s the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer in Poetry. I remember reading this collection around 10 months ago–because … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 8

Eight rhymes with great, which is what you are if you’ve been keeping up with the PAD challenge so far. Today is a Tuesday–sooooooo, that means you will get to choose from … Read more

Day 1 Highlights

As promised, here are some highlighted poems from the Day 1 prompt, which was a “2 for Tuesday” treat where poets could either write about a first or beginning OR they could … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 7

Today’s prompt is to write a “ramble poem.” That is, I want you to write a poem where you just start rambling without worrying about where you’re headed. Very interesting things can … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 6

As mentioned in the previous post, today’s prompt involves recording all the details of your day and generating a poem from that material. To make the poem interesting, you probably do NOT … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 5 (& possibly 6)

Okay, apparently libraries are not open in Eastern Tennessee on Saturdays. I’m currently coming to you live from an arcade in a tiny mall on the main strip of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Woo-hoo! … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Sorry for the late post today. It’s been a doozy of a morning. First, the power was knocked out by some intense storms early this morning, so my alarm did not wake … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 3

As with many programs, getting through the 3rd day is usually the toughest. So I’m going to try and make Day 3 a little easier to help everyone complete the first 10% … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Wow! Y’all came through in a big way yesterday. I’m so pleased that I nearly had a heart attack coming in this morning and seeing the response. Woo-hoo! Before I get into … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Soooooo, time to begin the April Poem-A-Day challenge! I can tell from the site traffic and personal emails waiting for me this morning that everyone is chomping at the bit to get started. … Read more

Poem-a-day in April: Write, Read, Etc.

So I’ve been going out of my way to build excitement about my write a poem-a-day challenge in April. Should be big-time fun for all. But the Academy of American Poets has … Read more

Why there's no one true form of poetry (and why there shouldn't be)

Stumbled upon “Japanese Poetry Persists in Korea, Despite Disapproval,” by Choe Sang-Hun from The New York Times, and found myself going back over that dangerous territory of what the purpose of poetry … Read more

Is poetry a collectible commodity?

There’s nothing especially unique about this news story about Eureka Books celebrating national poetry month. I mean, many poets (including me) have their plans for getting through April. But reading the article … Read more

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