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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!

Exclusive Interview With Poet and Attorney John M. FitzGerald

This interview came about from an earlier interview with poet and actress Hélène Cardona. Sometime in June, Hélène mentioned that John M. FitzGerald’s most recent collection, Telling Time by the Shadows (Turning Point), was actually a collection of secret love poems written by him to her. “These are the poems John wrote when we...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 020

As mentioned in an earlier post, Southwest Ohio was beat up by a wind storm that had hurricane force winds. Earlier in the weekend, I assured my sons that Ohio never experiences hurricanes (we just have twisters to contend with usually), but by Sunday evening daddy was proved wrong (once again). Anyway, for this...

First Ever Fake Bio Contest Winner and Other Finalists

Okay, I’ve been in hiding recently because so many poets have been hounding me over who is the winner of the first ever fake bio contest on Poetic Asides. The great thing about this contest is that writers didn’t need to have any “real” credits to enter–just a great imagination of what they’d like to...

Interview, no power, and other fun updates!

Belinda Subraman recently interviewed me on her blog. She has quite a few interviews listed on her blog with various poetry-related people and others. The cool thing about this interview is that it’s in audio. Check it out at http://belinda_subraman.podomatic.com/entry/eg/2008-09-13T08_02_04-07_00. In the interview, I mention S.A. Griffin, Amanda Oaks, James Tate, my wife, an...

Having Fun With Bad Poetry

Brian Klems (of Writer’s Digest fame) brought the following thread to my attention from the WD.com forums: http://forum.writersdigest.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=19564&start=1 First post:“I have this gift you seeto write very bad poetryTry as I mightIt’s something I just can’t fightSo I write stuff you wouldn’t read to a tree” -wondo Starting up in July, this thread is...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 019

One of my favorite prompts way back in April during the PAD Challenge was when I asked people to write a poem where they slip into the skin of someone or something else. With that prompt in mind, I think I’ve come up with another fun one that is somewhat similar. For this week’s...

Fundamentals of Poetry Writing

Just want to remind people they can sign up for my Fundamentals of Poetry Writing course offered on WritersOnlineWorkshops.com by going to: http://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/retail/courses.aspx?r=fundamentals-of-poetry-writing. It should be a fun and informative course that gives poets a chance to write some new poems and receive feedback from peers and myself. The online course runs from September...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 018

I don’t know. Maybe it’s the diet I’ve recently put myself on. Maybe it’s the approach of autumn festivals and the thought of funnel cakes and soft pretzels. Or maybe it’s just the poets I’ve been reading. Regardless, it feels as if I’ve been reading a lot of poems recently dealing with food-food-food (yummy,...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Sandra Beasley

This interview has been a work-in-progress since May of this year, even if Sandra Beasley wasn’t in the loop on it. When I was in Los Angeles earlier this year for BookExpo America, I brought along a copy of Hotel Amerika for reading purposes and was floored by a poem about a translator by...

Everyone have a great weekend!

It’s Labor Day weekend here in the States, so I get a 3-day weekend with my sons and family reunions on both Sunday (in Northwest Indiana) and Monday (in Southwest Ohio). Woo-hoo! Also, I want to remind y’all that the deadline for the Fake Bio Note contest is drawing near. So before you get...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 017

For today’s poetry prompt, let’s write a poem about finding something. You can find an old award, photograph, or sense of humor. You can make it something funny, sad, or angry. In the process of finding something, I hope we all find ourselves with another poem. Here’s my attempt for the day: “Goggles” He discovered...

Text Message Poetry: A New Poetic Form?

This morning, I was contemplating different poetry delivery methods, thinking of the obvious ones first: print books, chapbooks, journals, broadsides, websites, blogs, e-mail, PDFs, CDs, DVDs, etc. And finally, I thought of text messaging. On my cell, one page is defined as 160 characters, and I’m unable break my lines. So I started wondering...

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...