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!

Chant Poems: Poetic Forms

The chant poem is about as old as poetry itself. In fact, it may be the first form poetry took. Chant poems simply incorporate repetitive lines that form a sort of chant. Each line can repeat, or every other line. It’s easy to find many poetic forms that incorporate chanting with...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

I’ve been putting off announcing the upcoming poem-a-day chapbook challenge until I can announce the results of the April challenge, but it’s looking like that will be pushing up against the end of the month. What can I say? I’ve just been blessed with an abundance of things to do. Anyway,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 197

For today’s poetry prompt, write an answer poem. That is, imagine a question (or think of a question you’ve been asked recently) and use your poem to answer that question. Here’s my attempt: “Where are you now?” I’m lost in the line breaks, creeping among the metaphors, dancing with reason, and...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 196

For this week’s poetry prompt, I want you to take one of the following lines and make it the first line of your poem. All these lines are taken from my personal notebooks, so they’re not especially wonderful–just some random places to start. Feel free to take liberties with these openings...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 195

For this week’s prompt, write a sudden poem. The poem could be about something that suddenly happens. Or it could be just whatever words suddenly spring from you. Or… I’ll let you decide what a sudden poem means for you. Here’s my attempt: “Deadline” He digs his fingers deeper into his...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 194

First off, I’ve had a person or two ask about the April PAD Challenge results. Just want to let everyone know those are still coming, and I want to apologize for taking so long on them. They will be done before the next challenge begins, which is only a little more...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haibun Winner

[UPDATED: Top 10 list below. Congratulations to all in the top 10!] Okay, I left my brain in Georgia (currently up in Ohio) along with my Top 10 list for the haibun challenge. I will update this post when I get back down to Georgia, but I don’t need my list...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 193

Sorry for the late prompt this week. I was judging the haibun competition–and yes, I know who won. But that announcement will have to wait until tomorrow. In the meantime, let’s poem! For this week’s prompt, write the worst thing that’s ever happened to you. Simple as that. Here’s my attempt:...

Best Opening Poetry Lines

Everyone has their personal list of best opening poetry lines–or at least, everyone should have their list of favorite opening lines. While the first line of a poem isn’t the most important for the whole poem to work, it can often guide whether a reader keeps reading through to the end....

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 192

For today’s prompt, write an interview poem. Maybe it’s an interview for a magazine or TV show. Maybe it’s a job interview. Or something more creative. Who ever or what ever you decide to interview or be interviewed by, have fun poeming! Here’s my attempt at an interview poem: “Bartleby on...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 191

For today’s prompt, write a memory poem. The poem could be about a personal memory, someone else’s memory, or even play with the fact that some people lose memories. Just remember to write a poem. Here’s my attempt at a memory poem: “Tomorrow” I can’t remember tomorrow when I always lose...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haibun Poems

I hope you’re ready to poem, because it’s time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, we’ll be tackling haibun poems. Click the previous link to view the details, but a haibun combines a prose poem with a haiku. If this is your first WD Poetic Form Challenge, here...

Haibun Poems: Poetic Form

The haibun is the combination of two poems: a prose poem and haiku. The form was popularized by the 17th century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. Both the prose poem and haiku typically communicate with each other, though poets employ different strategies for this communication—some doing so subtly, while others are more...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 190

For this week’s prompt, write an appointment poem. Could be a doctor’s appointment, an appointment with a literary agent, or a dentist’s appointment (which is enough to get my boys scared stiff). Don’t miss your appointment with poetry this week. Poem, poem, poem! Here’s my attempt at an appointment poem: “Appointment”...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 189

For today’s prompt, write a discovery poem. That is, write a poem in which you (or your narrator or a character in your poem) discover something. Maybe it’s a box of kittens or a freshly baked pie or something more abstract. Whatever it is, I can’t wait to see what everyone...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 188

Before I get into today’s prompt, I just want to touch base on the results of the April PAD Challenge. I mentioned aiming to have the results ready around the beginning of August, but it’s more likely going to be the beginning of September (now that we’re half-way through August). With...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 187

Before getting to the prompt today, a few notes. First, it’s the final day to submit a pitch for the 2014 Poet’s Market book. Poets who want to submit poems for the next edition still have until September 1. In both cases, check the guidelines. Second, PA regular Khara House recently...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 186

Before I get into today’s prompt, I just wanted to mention that I’ve got a call out for submissions for the 2014 Poet’s Market. Read the submission guidelines here. For this week’s prompt, write an operation poem. There are many types of operations. In fact, medical operations alone are so varied...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Nonet Winner

I have to admit I wasn’t sure whether to use the nonet for a WD Poetic Form Challenge at first. The main thing I worried about were those final three lines of three, two, and one syllables respectively. I wondered how much variety there could possibly be, but I was pleasantly...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 185

For today’s prompt, write a plea poem. Of course, a plea can mean a few different things. First, a plea can be an allegation leveled at someone. Second, a plea can be the defendant’s answer to the accusations (for instance, guilty or not guilty). Third, a plea can be an appeal....

Nonet Poems: WD Poetic Forms Challenge

Time for another WD Poetic Forms Challenge. This time around, we’ll be writing nonet poems. Click the link for the rules related to this type of poem. Nonets are pretty easy to figure out. Start with a 9-syllable line and lose a syllable in each line after–all the way down to...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 184

I don’t know if my birthday has ever fallen on a Wednesday Poetry Prompt previously, but it has this year. It’s kind of nice to write a poem first thing on your birthday. For this week’s prompt, write a poem about something unexpected. Birthdays are usually expected affairs, but what happens...

Nonet Poems: Poetic Form

Never heard of nonet poems? That’s all right. I’d never heard of them before trying to hunt down a new poetic form to cover earlier this week. Nonet Poems: The Rules The nonet poetic form is simple. It’s a 9-line poem that has 9 syllables in the first line, 8 syllables in...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 183

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “This Is What (Blank) Looks Like,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles might be: “This Is What Awesome Looks Like,” “This Is What a Poem Looks Like,”...