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!

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The Science of Poetry (Guest Post)

Today’s post comes from Walt Wojtanik, who proposed writing a guest post about the relationship of science and poetry, inspired by a prompt from the 2015 April PAD Challenge. He explores how poetry helps our understanding of science, history, art, music, and more. Plus, Walt includes a pretty impressive Periodic Table of Poetic Elements....

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 319

Sorry for the late prompt this Wednesday. Busy morning. But the great thing about this prompt is that it always gets posted eventually. For this week’s prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words: paddle robot custard quibble glance wrench If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably try to...

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The Georgia Review: Monday Market Spotlight

After a few weeks off, it’s time to bring back the Monday Market Spotlight series. This week’s spotlight is in my neck of the woods: The Georgia Review! The Georgia Review just re-opened their submission period–as they do not read between May 15 and August 15 each year. A quarterly publication published by The...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Decima

Time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge. We’re going to attempt the decima this time around. Find the complete guidelines for this Spanish 10-liner by clicking here. If you read the comments, you’ll find some helpful (and advanced) insights from Pedro Poitevin as well. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog...

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Fatima Hirsi: Poet Interview

Maybe because I’m a parent of young children, I don’t get out to local poetry events as much as I’d like. Whatever the reason, I usually meet poets online before I ever meet them face-to-face (btw, click here to learn about the Face-to-Face event in September). However, today’s interview is with a poet I...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 318

I got out of bed early this morning to try and catch some of the Perseid meteor shower, but my eyes were (and still are) too sleepy to view anything. And then, I couldn’t get back to sleep–so here we are. Today’s prompt is to write a tired poem. It could be a sleepy...

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Nancy Posey: Poet Interview

As some of you already know, Nancy Posey and Jane Shlensky are putting on the first ever face-to-face event focused on the Poetic Asides community (click here to learn more). Nancy had a few ideas for spreading the word, and I thought an interview would be a great way to handle it. A native...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 317

Yes, I’ve started releasing winners from the 2015 April PAD Challenge, and yes, we still have a long way to go, but you got to start somewhere, right? Check here every so often to see the results as they become available. Also, a new poetic form: the decima. For today’s prompt, take the phrase...

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2015 April PAD Challenge: Results

[Update (2/10): I apologize for the extended delay on the results, but it is what it is. We’re finally there! Now that we have all the winners, the wheels are turning on the anthology. More details on that soon.] While my preference is to unload all the results at once, I also don’t want...

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Decima: Poetic Forms

For those interested, I’m in the midst of putting together a results post for the April PAD Challenge. It won’t have a whole lot of results, but it will include some winners–and we’ll add as they come in (like last year). Keep an eye out for it. But first… Let’s look at the poetic...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 316

For today’s prompt, write an open poem. The poem could be about physically opening something: a garage door, a bottle of soda, or your mouth. The poem could also go the metaphorical route of opening a can of worms or Pandora’s box. Or if you’re into golf or tennis, writing about the U.S., French,...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dodoitsu Winner

This was a fun challenge to judge. First off, there were so many dodoitsu entries. Second, they’re all short, which means it’s kind of like poetic popcorn. That said, the competition was fierce. I had to go through several rounds of getting the list down to a top 10; there were 40 dodoitsu that...

Jacqueline Woodson

Poetry at the Writer’s Digest Conference!

It’s true that the annual Writer’s Digest Conference is a super-powered conference devoted to writers getting their fiction and nonfiction published. Super stars of publishing and promotion are in attendance, including agents Donald Maass and Janet Reid, authors Hallie Ephron and Jonathan Maberry, promotion gurus MJ Rose and Dan Blank, and so many more....

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 315

Before we jump into this week’s prompt, I just want to take a moment to update people who are interested (quite a few, I know) in the April PAD Challenge results. I still don’t have much to report, so I don’t want to spend a whole blog post on it. However, I do hope...

Kimberly Jackson

Kimberly Jackson: Poet Interview

One of my favorite things to do on this blog is shine the spotlight on other poets and their work, and it’s even more fun when they’re regulars on this blog. Such is the case for Kimberly Jackson. Kimberly Jackson is a former academic who now reads and performs poetry and flash fiction just for...

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Ploughshares: Monday Market Spotlight

This week’s Monday Market Spotlight swings over to Ploughshares, a print and digital magazine of fiction, nonfiction, and–of course–poetry. Ploughshares publishes three issues a year and has a well-recognized record of publishing anthologized writing (places like BAP and Pushcart). Since 1989, the literary journal has been based at Emerson College in downtown Boston. In...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dodoitsu

It’s been a while since we’ve had a WD Poetic Form Challenge, but I think this should be a fun and easy (yes, I’m speaking relative to the paradelle challenge) one. I shared the guidelines for writing dodoitsu poems earlier this week. It’s a Japanese form usually focused on work or love with a...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 314

For today’s prompt, write a pie poem. Yes, a poem that somehow incorporates pie…or pi, since the number 3.14 inspired today’s prompt. Impossible? Not really, for some it’ll be as easy as pie, but even for those who struggle at first, I’m sure they’ll eventually get a piece of the pie as well. Who...

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Dodoitsu: Poetic Forms

Ready to learn a new poetic form? And yeah, you know that a new WD Poetic Form Challenge is just around the corner. The dodoitsu is a Japanese poetic form developed towards the end of the Edo Period, which came to an end in 1868. As with most Japanese forms, the dodoitsu does not...

American Poetry Review

The American Poetry Review: Monday Market Spotlight

Want to read some great new poetry? Check out the website of this week’s Monday Market Spotlight: The American Poetry Review. They feature poetry on their website, and the poems make for great reading. By the way, here’s a little submission tip: The best way to match your poetry to the appropriate publication is...

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What is the Best Type of Poetry?

I’m picking up on the Friday poet’s inbox series, only today’s question is not inspired by e-mail question. Rather, it’s inspired by claims and attitudes I’ve seen online and in person about what type of poetry is the best. I’ve seen this attitude expressed in many different ways. The most common is for Poet...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Paradelle Winner

It’s been so long since we closed out this challenge that some of you may not even remember (or been around to know) we had a paradelle challenge. Well, here are the results, and yes, you can expect a new form challenge just around the corner. The winning entry is “9 to 5,” by...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 313

I hope everyone’s having a great summer so far. In some ways, today’s prompt seems like it’d be most appropriate in the April PAD Challenge (specifically on the 15th!), but maybe it is even more appropriate on a day well past tax day. For today’s prompt, write an evasive poem. Of course, yes, evading...

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2015 April PAD Challenge: Update

[NOTE: Circumstances have pushed back the next update to August 1.] Just a quick update on the 2015 April PAD Challenge. It seems like I usually shoot for July 4th to announce the results, and one thing or another delays that. I won’t go into what delayed it this year, but I will say...