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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!

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 273

There are only a few constants in my life: One of them is that I know I’ll share a prompt and poem on Wednesdays. I hope everyone is ready to let loose this week. For this week’s prompt, write an outside poem. And I encourage people to actually (physically) get outside if at all...

Robert Lee Brewer

Madrigal: Poetic Form

The madrigal originated as an Italian form, actually as a pastoral song. The Italian madrigal is written in lines of either seven or 11 syllables and is comprised of two or three tercets, followed by one or two rhyming couplets. Just as variable as the lines and line lengths is the rhyme scheme. In...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Golden Shovel Winner

Thank you for all the golden shovels this summer! With more than 700 comments, I felt like I had to “dig out” of a pile of golden shovel amazing-ness. This form seemed to really appeal to everyone, and I can see why, because it’s kind of like a poetic puzzle. My initial short list...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 272

I’m a little under the weather today, but that won’t stop me from poeming. In fact, I’ll use it as inspiration for this week’s prompt. For this week’s prompt, write a tough spot poem. The poem can be about your own situation (past, present, or future), someone else’s, or whatever you can conjure up....

Daniel Roessler

Scaling in Nature Poetry

This is the final installment of a three-part series on nature and poetry by guest Daniel Roessler. If you’d like the opportunity to be a guest on this blog, send your ideas (and a little about yourself) to robert.brewer@fwmedia.com. ****** This is the final post in our three-part series on how to freshen up...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 271

Before we get to the prompt this week, a few things: first, don’t forget to write a golden shovel (or three) for the latest WD Poetic Form Challenge (click here for guidelines); second, Dressing Room Poetry Journal published one of my poems (click here to read it). For this week’s prompt, write a poem...

Daniel Roessler

Relating Nature to Human, Social, and Urban Themes

This is part two of a three-part series on nature and poetry by guest Daniel Roessler. If you’d like the opportunity to be a guest on this blog, send your ideas (and a little about yourself) to robert.brewer@fwmedia.com. ****** In my first post of this series, we investigated how to freshen up nature themes...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 270

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “Blame (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include “Blame it on the Rain,” “Blame Yourself,” “Blame the Bad Guys,” and so on. Simple as that. Or is it?...

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2014 April PAD Challenge: Final Results

(UPDATE: All the winners and finalists have been announced!) First off, the final results are not yet finalized for all the days. That’s my fault. While I secured guest judges, I alone took on the burden of whittling down each day’s poems to a short list. Next year, I plan to recruit a team...

Daniel Roessler

Contemplating Nature’s Changing Role in Poetry

Thursdays will be guest post days going forward on the Poetic Asides blog. Daniel Roessler will kick things off for the guest posts with a three-part series on nature. The other two parts will run on the 10th and 17th. If you’re interested in writing a guest post, please just send me an informal...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 269

Non-poetry announcement: The Brewer family moved into a house this past weekend. After years of cluttering up an apartment, we made the decision in late-April to start searching and–bam!–just like that we found one, made a bid, and here we are. We’re super excited and a little tired (from moving all those books). For...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Golden Shovel

Let’s get the next Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge kicked into high gear. As you’ve probably already deduced, we’re going to write golden shovels this time around. Click here to read the golden shovel guidelines. Once you know the rules for the golden shovel, start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this...

Jason Tandon

Jason Tandon: Poet Interview

Please welcome Jason Tandon to the Poetic Asides blog! Jason Tandon is the author of three collections of poetry including, Quality of Life (Black Lawrence, 2013) and Give over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt (Black Lawrence, 2009), winner of the 2006 St. Lawrence Book Award. His poetry and reviews have appeared in AGNI...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 268

In case you missed it, I have another poem posted at Kind Over Matter (they accepted three poems a while back–so a third one will go live sometime in the future too). The poem is titled “discovery.” Click here to read it. For this week’s prompt, we’re going to try something a little different:...

Robert Lee Brewer

Golden Shovel: Poetic Form

Earlier this year, I came across a mention of the “golden shovel” form created by Terrance Hayes and made a note to check it out. I’m so happy I did, because it’s a fun poetic form. Here are the rules for the Golden Shovel: Take a line (or lines) from a poem you admire....

Judith Skillman

Judith Skillman: Poet Interview

Please welcome Judith Skillman to the Poetic Asides blog! Judith Skillman is the author of fourteen collections of poetry. Her latest book is Broken Lines—The Art & Craft of Poetry, Lummox Press. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, FIELD, Midwest Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, Cimarron Review, Pirene’s Fountain, and many...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 267

For this week’s prompt, write a TV-inspired poem. It can be a poem about a game show, talk show, news show, or an entertaining series. The poem can be about commercials, remote controls, or having the biggest/best entertainment system in town. The poem can be about contemporary TV, or it can go old school....

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Bref Double Winner

Thank you for all the bref doubles earlier this spring! They were a lot of fun to read–and I’ve been having fun trying to write some more on the side. Something about 14 lines poems, I guess. My initial short list included 21 poems, but there could only be one winner. The winning poem...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 266

If you haven’t seen it, I had a poem published over at Kind Over Matter this past weekend. Click here to read it. For this week’s prompt, write a poem of industry. Industry sounds like a big term, but it probably carries different connotations for different folks. For instance, some people might immediately think...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 265

Sorry for the late prompt. It’s just “that time of the year,” I guess. Putting books together, reading through poems, getting ready for week-long camps with the kiddos–oh yeah, and buying a house! No braking for summer over here, but it’s been fun–and I hope you’re having a good summer too. For this week’s...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 264

For this week’s prompt, use a new(er) word in a poem. Merriam-Webster recently added 150 new terms to its collegiate dictionary, including tweep, hashtag, selfie, unfriend, paywall, big data, social networking, and more. Click here to check out some of the definitions. Of course, you don’t have to restrict yourself to this list. If...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 263

What an up and down week I’ve had! While it started on the down side, it’s definitely finished way up. Last night, our bid was accepted for the house we want (it’s difficult raising kids in an apartment), and a poem of mine was published yesterday by iARTistas (click here to read my poem–and...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 262

I apologize for the tardiness of today’s prompt; I had some unexpected news last night that I’m still trying to process. That said, it did inspire this week’s prompt… For this week’s prompt, write a poem in which the unexpected happens. Could be a good unexpected–like receiving a gift from an anonymous person; could...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Bref Double

Time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, we’ll be writing the bref double, a 14-line French poetic form that is not a sonnet. Like many French forms, there’s a rhyme, but it also offers more variability than your typical French form. Click here to read how to write a bref double....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 261

Whew! After poeming every day in April, it feels a little awkward going a whole week without a prompt and poem, doesn’t it? But that’s okay, we’ve still got Wednesdays! For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “The Boy Who (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the...