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!

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

Once you finish today’s prompt, you’ll officially be a week in to the challenge. Woo-hoo! Yay! Fantastique! Okay, so today’s prompt is to write a myth poem. Investigate a well-known myth associated with your theme. Or make up a brand new myth. Be literal, or get surreal. Whatever you do, finish today’s prompt and...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

Good morning, y’all. Saw there was some back and forth yesterday about focusing on a whole chapbook for the month. I understand how looking at a huge project can get very intimidating, which is why I suggest just taking things one poem at a time. My feeling with the PAD Challenge (whether in April or...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

As requested, I’m getting today’s prompt out a little earlier in the morning than usual. Hopefully, everyone didn’t stay up too late watching the election coverage last night (if you were watching the election coverage, that is). I know I’m still a little sleepy-eyed (though that may have more to do with these spreadsheets...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

I’ve heard the pleas from the Poetic Asides commonwealth asking that I post the November PAD prompts earlier in the day. I’ve been on Main Street and seen Joe Poet and Jane Poet working to put food on the table and still write a poem-a-day. I’ve visited schools, hospitals, and random fast-food restaurants and...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Okay, this prompt may be a little out there, but it’s inspired by a few albums I’ve listened to (and loved) over the years. They’ll have kind of a foreshadowing or refrain piece that shares a snippet of a song to come later on the album. And I want you to write a foreshadowing...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

Okay, we’ve made it through the first day. We’ve got our first poems and our themes established. Now, let’s get to the second prompt, which is to write a declaration poem: that is, a poem that makes a statement about your theme. A good way to attack this poem may be to write it...

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Good morning. Here we are. Another PAD challenge. Feels like it was just a few weeks ago we were doing one, but I guess it hasn’t been since April. This time around I’m going to be throwing out a prompt (and my attempt at a poem) each day, but we’re going to do it...

Poets Helping Poets: What Makes a Great Chapbook?

In anticipation of the November PAD Challenge (which starts Saturday!), I threw out the above question to members of the Poetic Asides group on FaceBook: What makes a great chapbook? Here’s what some of them had to say: An interesting mix of poems on the same theme, not always by the same writer but...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 026 (On Thursday)

As I was in the middle of typing up the Wednesday Poetry Prompt yesterday, my Internet service went down. Apparently, some construction crew cut through a cable that disabled all their operations in Georgia. Anyway, I finally got my service around 9:15 this morning. So, here is the prompt I wrote yesterday. ***** This’ll...

Interview With Poet Nin Andrews

I don’t usually post interviews on back-to-back days, but I thought I’d make an exception in this case, because it might be the last interview posted until after November with this November PAD (poem-a-day) challenge coming up. And I’m just so excited to share Nin Andrews with anyone who hasn’t read her work. You...

Interview With Poet Tom Lombardo

Poetry is often at its best when it’s helping readers gain greater insights into life. In the case of After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events, edited by Tom Lombardo (Sante Lucia Books), poems have been chosen to help readers to recover from subjects such as war, abuse, addiction, death, and more....

NaNoWriMo for Poets? PAD Challenge for November?

Okay, we’re getting closer to November, which for some writers of fiction means it’s getting closer to NaNoWriMo time. (Btw, NaNoWriMo translates into National Novel Writing Month.) There are would be novelists lining up to attempt writing 50,000 words or more during the month of November. There’s even a NaNoWriMo website you can visit...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 025

Often, poets write with an eye to timeless subjects, such as love, loss, war, death, etc. In college, I was often warned against being too timely in my writing for fear that my fiction and poetry would eventually need a thousand footnotes to explain it. I understand that point of view, but I think...

Call for Submissions–2010 Poet's Market!

As some of you may know, I will be editing the 2010 edition of Poet’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books). Anyway, I have a pretty good idea of the interviews I’d like to include in the book, but I’d like to hear pitches for other possible articles. If you’re a poet with a great idea...

Poets Helping Poets: Self-publishing and poetry?

Recently, I asked members of my Poetic Asides group on Facebook to give me their take on the relationship of self-publishing and poetry. The response was so overwhelming that I couldn’t include everything (and I apologize if your take was not included–or had to be edited), but I did get a lot. If you...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 024

Recently, I’ve been receiving an excessive amount of spam in my e-mail inbox. It’s a problem I’ve had to confront, and I admit it’s a problem that’s been driving me a bit batty. But this daily confrontation (me vs. my excessive spam) is a minor example of conflicts that go on every day in...

Want to workshop some poems?

Just realized that poets can sign up for my upcoming Advanced Poetry course at WritersOnlineWorkshops.com. There are no required texts, but there will be workshopping, communicating and new poems. If you’re interested, you can learn more at http://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/retail/courses.aspx?r=advanced-poetry-Writing-workshop. The course begins on November 6th and lasts 6 weeks. Hope to see you there.

Where is poetry happening? Part II

On September 22, I posted about a few sites that have poetry calendars in some prominent areas–mainly as a result of looking for events in my new home of Atlanta, Georgia. And many poets chimed in with other sites, in addition to my very, very short list. Collected together, here are those for the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 023

Oddly enough, it’s raining outside. While that would be completely normal in my home state of Ohio, rain doesn’t happen very often in Atlanta. With the wind blowing leaves off trees, clouds covering the sun, and rain covering everything else, it almost feels like October in the Buckeye State. So for today’s prompt, I’m...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Diane Lockward

Recently, it seemed as if a lot of the poetry I was reading had something to do with food, and today’s interview subject played a significant role in me feeling that way. After all, Diane Lockward’s most recent collection from Wind Publications is titled What Feeds Us (winner of the 2006 Quentin R. Howard...

ForGodot.com ruffles poetic feathers

Wow! This is a busy day for the blog. How many posts am I going to make today anyway? This post was inspired by a developing story brought to me by my wife Tammy. First, she found this post on Atlanta poet Collin Kelley’s Modern Confessional blog: http://collinkelley.blogspot.com/2008/10/my-poem-at-forgodotcom.html. It talks about an online “anthology”...

Get 25% off books for answering some questions

As you probably know, Poetic Asides is just one piece of the entire Writer’s Digest family of products and services, including Writer’s Digest magazine, Writer’s Digest books, WritersOnlineWorkshops.com, and our Writer’s Digest competitions and events.   To help us know how best to serve writers, we like to regularly solicit feedback. So as part...

Poems in others' words

Lately, there have been a lot of pieces on putting together poetry from other people’s words (or imagining what others would say). Here are some I’ve noticed: * There Once Was a Soccer Mom From Alaska… (Actually Alice Pope led me to this one. Thanks, Alice!) * The Poetry of Sarah Palin * We...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Sheema Kalbasi!

Recently, I had the good opportunity to interview Iranian born poet Sheema Kalbasi who is also a human rights activist and translator. She’s also the director of Dialogue of Nations through Poetry, director of the Iranian Women Poetry Project, and co-director of the Other Voices International Project. Her collection Echoes in Exile (PRA Publications)...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 022

Today is the first day of October. We’re also more than a week into my favorite season of the year–Autumn! For today’s prompt, I’d like you to try writing an Autumn Poem. That is, write a poem that evokes autumn for you. For different poets, this will mean different things. Here’s what it means...