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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!

April PAD Challenge: Day 7

Today’s prompt is to write a “ramble poem.” That is, I want you to write a poem where you just start rambling without worrying about where you’re headed. Very interesting things can … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 6

As mentioned in the previous post, today’s prompt involves recording all the details of your day and generating a poem from that material. To make the poem interesting, you probably do NOT … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 5 (& possibly 6)

Okay, apparently libraries are not open in Eastern Tennessee on Saturdays. I’m currently coming to you live from an arcade in a tiny mall on the main strip of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Woo-hoo! … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Sorry for the late post today. It’s been a doozy of a morning. First, the power was knocked out by some intense storms early this morning, so my alarm did not wake … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 3

As with many programs, getting through the 3rd day is usually the toughest. So I’m going to try and make Day 3 a little easier to help everyone complete the first 10% … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Wow! Y’all came through in a big way yesterday. I’m so pleased that I nearly had a heart attack coming in this morning and seeing the response. Woo-hoo! Before I get into … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Soooooo, time to begin the April Poem-A-Day challenge! I can tell from the site traffic and personal emails waiting for me this morning that everyone is chomping at the bit to get started. … Read more

Poem-a-day in April: Write, Read, Etc.

So I’ve been going out of my way to build excitement about my write a poem-a-day challenge in April. Should be big-time fun for all. But the Academy of American Poets has … Read more

Why there's no one true form of poetry (and why there shouldn't be)

Stumbled upon “Japanese Poetry Persists in Korea, Despite Disapproval,” by Choe Sang-Hun from The New York Times, and found myself going back over that dangerous territory of what the purpose of poetry … Read more

Is poetry a collectible commodity?

There’s nothing especially unique about this news story about Eureka Books celebrating national poetry month. I mean, many poets (including me) have their plans for getting through April. But reading the article … Read more

Exclusive Interview With Up-and-comer Jillian Weise!

My girlfriend and I are both poets. As a result, we share our writing with each other, as well as the writing of other poets we admire or discover. Recently, my girlfriend happened … Read more

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

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