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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!

5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Hannah Stephenson

Hannah Stephenson

Here’s part three of the five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll help shine light on collections that absolutely need to … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 244

Robert Lee Brewer

I hope everyone had a fun and successful November of poeming. I know I did. Now, it’s time to get back to our Wednesday poetic gatherings (until April’s poem-a-day challenge). For this … Read more

5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Tom C. Hunley

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Here’s part two of the five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll help shine light on collections that absolutely need to … Read more

Save on Your Poetry References

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Today, the Writer’s Digest online shop is doing it’s an annual big sale that involves books, OnDemand webinars, and more discounted at 50% off their normal prices. It’s kind of a big … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Robert Lee Brewer

Here we are: The final day, the final prompt. Ack! What’ll we do tomorrow? Well, okay, we’ll probably rest tomorrow. But if you’re full of energy, you can start working on your … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Robert Lee Brewer

Look: I know what today is: It’s “Black Friday,” and there are all kinds of sales all over–people getting into fist fights over the most popular toys and deeply discounted hotdog rollers … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

Robert Lee Brewer

For those of you living in the States, Happy Thanksgiving! For those of you living outside the States, Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for everyone who’s been poeming along this month, whether … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

Robert Lee Brewer

We’re getting down to the final days of this challenge, but don’t use that as an excuse to ease up on the gas pedal. Rather, put the pedal to the metal and … Read more

5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Jessie Carty

Jessie Carty

Beginning this week, I plan on have a five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll help shine light on collections that … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

Robert Lee Brewer

Today is the final “Two for Tuesday” prompt of November. Let’s make the most of it. Here are the prompts: Take the phrase “Free (blank),” replace the blank with a word or … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

Robert Lee Brewer

I have a confession to make: I’m in Ohio right now with limited access to the Internet. As such, I’m not able to share each day’s prompt on social media sites like … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

Robert Lee Brewer

I hope everyone’s having a good experience with this year’s challenge. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with many of the poems I’ve written–and excited by many of the poems I’ve read by others … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

Robert Lee Brewer

We’ve only got a week of November left. Let’s roll up our sleeves and make the most of it. For today’s prompt, write an “I shouldn’t be here” poem. You can decide … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

Robert Lee Brewer

For today’s prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words: ideogram remora casket eclipse selfie wretch Use the words in the title of your poem, in the … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

Robert Lee Brewer

Today marks three weeks! That’s pretty special, if you ask me. So let’s take our poeming to another level today (whatever that means). Also, I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned on here … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

Robert Lee Brewer

After today’s poem is done, we’ll all be 67% of the way through this challenge. That’s right! We’re nearing the finish line on this poeming intensive. If you’ve been gliding through the … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

Robert Lee Brewer

Today is a “Two for Tuesday” prompt. In fact, it’s the one that I include in every challenge. Old hands knew this one was coming sooner or later. Here are your two … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

Robert Lee Brewer

Mondays feel so much better when we’re poeming. Well, I feel that way anyway, and I hope at least a few others do too. For today’s prompt, write a “forget what I … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

Robert Lee Brewer

Whew! These are the dog days of the challenge, right? The middle wasteland, but remember: “The Wasteland” is like a pretty incredible poem (for some folks anyway). As we wander in the … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

Robert Lee Brewer

For today’s prompt, write a half-way poem. The poem might deal with a half-way point in time. Or perhaps, a place in the dead center of here and there–in a physical sense. … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

Robert Lee Brewer

After we finish today’s poem, we’ll have crossed the half-way point in this challenge. Congratulations for making it this far! It’s all downhill from here, right? For today’s prompt, take the phrase … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

Robert Lee Brewer

Two weeks! We’ve made it two weeks into the challenge. I don’t know why I ever doubt it, but this month is flying by as it usually does. For today’s prompt, write … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

Robert Lee Brewer

For today’s prompt, write a self-help poem. It can be written in the style of a self-help article or book. Or you can take it in a more subtle self-help direction. Here’s … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

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It’s that time again. Time for another “Two for Tuesday” prompt. Do one, do the other, do both, whatever keeps you poeming this month: Write a poem about your happiest moment. Well, … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

T S, "Hakuna Matata, 1" (via 1stDibs)

For today’s prompt, we’re going to write ekphrastic poetry–or poetry based off another piece of art. In the past, I’ve provided paintings, but today, I’m picking photographs (for something a little different). … Read more

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