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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!

Poetry Everywhere and Dogs With Blogs?!?

The Poetry Foundation is once again doing some really great stuff. Check out “Poetry Everywhere,” from FoxBusiness.com, which is an interesting place to find a poetry story in the first place. For … Read more

Exclusive Interview With Poet Kevin Pilkington

Like so many good poets, Kevin Pilkington also teaches writing–in his case, he’s a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and teaches a workshop in the graduate department at Manhattanville … Read more

Spring!

Whether it feels like it or not, spring begins today. Both of my little brothers went out of their way to make it easy for me to remember their birthdays by being … Read more

The Craft & Business of Writing

I found a nice surprise at my desk this morning: a brand new book. In fact, it’s a book that I helped propose and compile. I even got to write the Foreword. … Read more

New journal, a director-poet gets fired, and someone wins $65,000

“Poet David Beach wins $65,000 NZ Prize in Modern Letters,” by NZPA from Channel 3 Web site, reports that Beach won the literary award for his collection of poems titled Abandoned Novel, his … Read more

No fooling: Write a poem a day in April!

My weekend is about to begin, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make any more posts until Monday. My oldest son will be singing with his kindergarten class tomorrow, … Read more

Difficulty in poetry & an argument against a Michigan poet laureate

“Poetry, Difficulty, and a Very Annoying Word,” by Mark Doty from The Best American Poetry blog, is an interesting response to Charles Harper Webb’s recent essay in The Writers Chronicle. Plus, you get to experience … Read more

Mobile Poetry?!? Why not. And the 2007 NBCC poetry winner is announced!

Received a press release today that the Academy of American Poets is launching the first mobile site for poetry. Their entire online archive of 2,500+ poems will be available in the palm … Read more

Exclusive Interview With Valerie Nieman

Poet Valerie Nieman is a self-professed tomboy, who “fished for everything from native brook trout in the small streams of western New York, where I grew up, to cod and haddock by … Read more

By the way, Minnesota picked their first poet laureate last week

And they picked Robert Bly. I remember watching Bly read back in the 20th century when I was attending the University of Cincinnati. He was a funny and engaging reader. Minnesota made … Read more

Tanka: Bigger and More Relaxed Than a Haiku

If a haiku is usually (mistakenly) thought of as a 3-line, 5-7-5 syllable poem, then the tanka would be a 5-line, 5-7-5-7-7 syllable poem. However, as with haiku, it’s better to think … Read more

Board up the doors!

Cover the windows! Dim the lights! But not too much, because you need to get writing today and into the night (late, late, late at night). After all, today is an extra … Read more

Exclusive Interview With Poet Dorianne Laux

As I’ve mentioned on this blog previously, I have a Facebook account under my full name (Robert Lee Brewer). And as I’ve mentioned previously, I’m all about playing online Scrabble at that … Read more

Call for poets!

I’m always interested in discussing interview possibilities with poets who wish to be featured on my Poetic Asides blog, which gets a high amount of daily traffic that is always on the … Read more

Hurry, hurry! Get your caffeine!

As reported on CNN.com, the giant coffee chain Starbucks plans to close every location of their 7,100 stores to do a 3-hour training session for their 135,000 employees. The shutdown is scheduled … Read more

Help me Rondeau! Help, help me, Rondeau! Another French poetic form

It’s been a while since I’ve tackled a poetic form, but as you know, I love the French forms. The rondeau is no exception. It has a refrain and rhymes–two elements I … Read more

February–Are you finished yet?

In Southwestern Ohio, we’ve been receiving consistent doses of snow this month. The totals have not been overly impressive (usually 1-4 inches per storm), but the snow has hit a rhythm with … Read more

Sample Cover Letter From Pebble Lake Review

The editors at Pebble Lake Review offer a sample cover letter. This specific example is for fiction, but it’s easy to see how it could be modified for poetry. http://www.pebblelakereview.com/samplecoverletter.htm A word … Read more

Feeding poetry to the kids

“Windham Poetry Group Overcomes Adversity,” by Heather Murdock from The Daily Campus, reports on a high school poetry group that’s been performing locally and competing in poetry slams since early 2004. As … Read more

Good news Tuesday

On Friday, I learned that two of my poems were accepted for publication in MiPOesias CAFE’ CAFE’ EDITION at http://www.mipoesias.com. It was the first acceptance I’ve had in exactly one year (down … Read more

Will you be my valentine?

So today is Valentine’s Day. Some people love it; some people hate it; and some people think it was invented (or at least promoted) by greeting card and chocolate companies. Here’s a fairly … Read more

Are You Planning Ahead for a Big Hit in Poetry?

I received a couple questions over the weekend as part of my Writer’s Market thing I do. And I thought they both would work well as things to ponder here. In fact, … Read more

Some Poetry News

Even though Nancy Breen has left the blog officially, she still shares various news she finds. And she’s literally on the other side of cubicle wall–so she’s still very close to Poetic … Read more

Should poets be treated like rock stars?

Of course they should! Read: “Poet-mania: Mary Oliver’s sold-out appearance sparks a ticket frenzy on Craigslist,” by John Marshall from SeattlePI.com The article reports on the popularity of Mary Oliver in the … Read more

Busy, busy week…

I’ve just had one of those weeks where I feel like I’m slighting the word “busy” by saying that I was busy. Actually, it was a bit beyond that. In fact, at … Read more

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