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 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, write an exhausted poem. The poem can be a first person account of your own exhaustion, or it can describe the exhaustion of someone (or something) else. Heck, I guess it even could be about exhaust, huh? Here’s my attempt for the day: “Baby bedtime” When Ben got tired, he’d runthrough...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

Time to solicit feedback from those who are having to try more than five times to post their poems, please send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: More Than Five Times. In your e-mail, please include:  Very specific steps of what you do and what you see at each step. What...

A Place to Post Poems

I’ve been receiving reports since yesterday that posting poems in the comments is proving even more problematic than usual. The programmers are looking into why this issue is suddenly getting even worse than usual, but I want to offer some alternative places to post in the meantime: Post poems over at my personal blog. I’ve created...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

First, I just want to thank everyone who’s voted for me so far for Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. It really means a lot to me, not to mention the nice comments poets have left there. (If you haven’t voted but want to, click here to go to the post.) ***** Second, we’ve made...

Nifty Tool!

Thank you to Anders Bylund who created a nifty tool to search for poems in the challenge. His little gadget allows people to search by day, by name, or full-text search. He recommends searching by name (and that seems to make the most sense to me as well). If you want to check it...

April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Hard to believe, but we made it through the entire month of April. Go us! Please check back tomorrow to learn the details of what to expect in the future as far as receiving notification of the April PAD completionists and those who make the Top 50 eBook. With more than 25,000 comments on...

Get Your Poetry Published!

On May 29, I’ll be leading an online seminar on how to go about publishing your poetry. After all, it’s one thing to write great poetry, but getting it published? That’s an entirely different hurdle. Topics I plan on covering include: How to identify appropriate markets for your poetry. How to avoid many common...

April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Wow! More than 450 comments are already posted to the sestina prompt. You guys are tough to shake or rattle. I promise the last two prompts of this month will be softballs compared to yesterday. For today’s prompt, I want you to title your poems “Never (blank)” with you filling in the blank with...

April PAD Challenge: Day 28

Apparently, Day 27’s comments were wiped clean sometime last night. Please re-paste your poem in the comments for Day 27. (Click here to go to Day 27’s prompt.) I apologize for the inconvenience, but luckily, we’re only a few days from the finish line. ***** After today, we’ll have made it 4 weeks into...

Interview With Poet Laurel Snyder

Interesting (maybe only to me) story: This interview with Laurel Snyder came about after Laurel responded to one of my “tweets” on Twitter. (By the way, you can follow me there at http://twitter.com/robertleebrewer.) Yes, social networking really can benefit all writers–even (or maybe especially) poets. In 2007, No Tell Books published Laurel Snyder’s collection,...

April PAD Challenge: Day 27

After today, we’ll be just three days away from closing out this challenge. 3 days! We’re so very, very close. I know we can do it. For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem of longing. You or someone (or something) else should be pining for someone or something. Maybe a cat...

April PAD Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem involving miscommunication.  It can be miscommunication between two people or misinterpretation of some sort.  I will leave it up to you guys to deal with it however you want. Here is my attempt for the day: “If Shakespeare taught us anything, it’s that it...

April PAD Challenge: Day 25

Only 5 more days left to go!  For today’s prompt, I want you to pick an event; make that event the title of your poem; and then write a poem. Think birthday. Think holiday. Think whatever. Here is my attempt for the day (which will give you a pretty good idea about what I have planned...

April PAD Challenge: Day 24

Sorry for the late posting time this morning. Computer issues. In fact, I hope this attempt to post actually goes through before it crashes again. For today’s prompt, I want you to write a travel-related poem. It can be human travel, the migration of swallows, the trafficking of drugs, etc. Some sort of movement...

April PAD Challenge: Day 23

After today’s poem, we’ll just be a week away from completion! Can you dig it? I don’t know if you’re the same as I am, but I’ve found doing this prompts actually encourages me to write more during the month. I’ve probably written at least 30-40 first draft poems and/or random lines for poems...

April PAD Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, I want you to write a work-related poem. Work doesn’t have to be the main feature of the poem, but I want you to “work” it in somehow. And remember: There are different types of work. Of course, there are the activities that gain you fortune and fame (or not), but...

Interview With Poet Sage Cohen

Sage Cohen is the author of Writer’s Digest Books’ most recent poetry title, Writing the Life Poetic. She’s also the author of Like the Heart, the World (Queen of Wands Press). She’s taught poetry at universities, hospitals and writing conferences as well as online. As principal of Sage Communications, Cohen writes the words that...

April PAD Challenge: Day 21

We’re now 3 weeks into April! And to celebrate, we get a 2-for-Tuesday prompt. Hurrah! Here are the two prompts for the day (you only need to choose one, unless you’re all about pushing yourself to the limit): 1. Write a haiku. The haiku is not just a form but a genre of poetry....

Poetic Forms: Villanelle

(Okay, I’m going to try posting this again. Apparently, this blog is anti-villanelle.) So, the French form I had not covered yet was not the rondeau, but the villanelle. Oh well. We got a nice rondeau refresher earlier this week. (Check it out here.) The villanelle, like the other French forms, does have many...

April PAD Challenge: Day 20

We’re now 66.7% of the way through April (after finishing today’s poem). Despite crazy technological snafus, I think we’re going to make it. Only 10 days to go after today! Yay! For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem of rebirth. There are many different types of rebirth available, including the changing...

April PAD Challenge: Day 19

I apologize for the problem some people were having yesterday with posting their poems. I think it is fixed now, because I was just able to successfully leave a comment on Day 18. Perhaps appropriately, today’s prompt is to write an angry poem. That is, a poem about someone or something that gets angry....

April PAD Challenge: Day 18

After today’s poem, we’ll be 60% of the way through this challenge. Woo-hoo! For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem with an interaction of some sort. The interaction does NOT have to be between people, though it can. For instance, you could write about the interaction between a bee and a...

April PAD Challenge: Day 17

As with so many others who’ve been participating in this challenge, I am amazed not only by the quantity of poems submitted to Poetic Asides, but also the quality. And the creativity. You guys rock! For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem with the following title: “All I want is (blank),”...

April PAD Challenge: Day 16

If you feel up for it, be sure to share your favorite poem from the first 15 days of the challenge here. ***** For today’s prompt, I want you to pick a color, make that the title of your poem, and write a poem that is inspired by that color. Here’s my attempt for...

Share Your Favorite Poem!

Jennifer VanBuren, the editor of Mannequin Envy, recently suggested that I allow poets to pick their favorite poem from the first 15 days of the challenge. Since more than 10,000 poems have been posted to the blog so far this month, I think this sounds like a good way to let poets read some...