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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!

Sally Valentine: Poet Interview

Sally Valentine

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 5. We’re getting so very close to the beginning of this year’s challenge. I hope your pencils are sharpened, your paper is uncrumpled, and your mind is … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 260

Robert Lee Brewer

This is the final Wednesday Poetry Prompt before the 2014 April PAD Challenge. By the way, have you seen the big (breaking) news about the April challenge? We’re going to have a … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Guest Judges

Thomas_Lux_poet

That’s right; I said guest judges! The list is now finalized for our guest judges for the 2014 April PAD Challenge! Have fun learning more about this impressive list of line breakers … Read more

Linda Simoni-Wastila: Poet Interview

Linda Simoni-Wastila

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 6. I hope you’re getting excited, because I am! Linda Simoni-Wastila writes from Baltimore, where she also professes, mothers, and gives a damn. You can find her … Read more

George Smith: Poet Interview

George Smith

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 7. Speaking of the April PAD Challenge, there’s some great news on the way. I’m still getting everything finalized, but we’re going to make the challenge fun … Read more

Deri Pryor: Poet Interview

Deri Ross Pryor

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 8. I’m always surprised by just how close we all are–often without knowing it. For instance, I drive up and down I-75 at least once a month, … Read more

Alana Sherman: Poet Interview

Alana Sherman

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 9. I don’t know about you, but I love learning about other poets, especially the poets who hang out at the Poetic Asides blog. Alana Sherman, poet … Read more

Bartholomew Barker: Poet Interview

Bartholomew Barker

As many of you know, the 2014 April PAD Challenge is just around the corner. Over the past few months, I’ve been sharing poet interviews with some of the Top 25 poets … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Triversen

Robert Lee Brewer

We’re going to try and get a WD Poetic Form Challenge going leading into the 2014 April PAD Challenge! This time around, we’ll be writing triversen, an 18-line poetic form developed by … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 259

Robert Lee Brewer

For today’s prompt, write a poem from inside another person’s skin. Sound icky? Well, I’m talking more like metaphorically. For instance, pretend to write a poem from the perspective of Walt Whitman, … Read more

Triversen: Poetic Form

Robert Lee Brewer

I found references to the triversen this week in both online and print resources. It’s a fun poetic form developed by William Carlos Williams (one of my favorite poets–able to write both … Read more

Jane Shlensky: Poet Interview

Jane Shlensky

Jane Shlensky likely doesn’t need an introduction on the Poetic Asides blog, but I’m going to give her one anyway, because she deserves it. Not only is Jane a fine poet (read … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sijo Winner

Robert Lee Brewer

Well, well, well. I had a lot of fun reading through all the sijo entries. Last time I checked, there were 606 comments. Not all of those were poems, of course. So … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 258

Robert Lee Brewer

A little later with the prompt today, but that’s only because I’m shaking off a poetry hangover from last night in Hickory, North Carolina. Happy to report that I met long-time Poetic … Read more

Sara Tracey: Poet Interview

Sara Tracey

Please join me in welcoming poet Sara Tracey to Poetic Asides. Sara is the author of Some Kind of Shelter (Misty Publications, 2013) and Flood Year (dancing girl press, 2009). Her work … Read more

Taylor Graham: Poet Interview

Taylor Graham and her dogs.

The next poet in the Top 25 series from the 2013 April PAD Challenge has made herself known so well that I feel she doesn’t need an introduction. But here’s the thing: … Read more

2014 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

Poem Your Heart Out

Well, this year will be the 7th annual April PAD Challenge on the Poetic Asides blog, and I’ve never been more excited about it. This year we will make something happen that … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 257

Robert Lee Brewer

It’s been a little quiet at Poetic Asides the past week or so–but that’s only because I’ve been getting all my ducks in a row for the 7th Annual Poetic Asides April … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 256

Robert Lee Brewer

The temperature is supposedly bottoming out today (20-ish degrees colder than yesterday). I don’t know, because I haven’t been outside yet. But it does “sound” cold. Before jumping into today’s prompt, I … Read more

Pamela Klein: Poet Interview

Pamela Klein

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that many poets follow Poetic Asides by reading what everyone else is doing, and they either play along anonymously in the shadows or don’t … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 255

Robert Lee Brewer

For today’s prompt, write a handheld poem. Whether it’s video games, smart phones, or soft tacos, the world is filled to the brim with things that can be held in one hand … Read more

Annie Newcomer: Poet Interview

Annie Newcomer

Please welcome Annie Newcomer as the latest poet interview in the Top 25 series of poet interviews from the 2013 April PAD Challenge! Here’s Annie’s account of getting started writing: “In 2005 … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 254

Robert Lee Brewer

Duluth, Georgia, is shut down for the second day in a row. Yesterday, it was for the threat of ice; today, it’s for the actual ice. It’s pretty, but I’m not going … Read more

Winners of the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge Announced!

Robert Lee Brewer

Yes, I said winners–and I’m not including the honorable mentions (mentioned below). There were more than 80 chapbook submissions for the 2013 challenge, and I narrowed these down to a short list … Read more

Gloria Watts: Poet Interview

Gloria Watts

For those wondering, yes, the November PAD Challenge results are almost finished. In fact, I’m planning to release the results tomorrow (as long as we still have power in these parts). Also, … Read more

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