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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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Clogyrnach

As of today, there’s still time to submit an entry for the diminishing verse challenge, but the window’s closing tomorrow night. So it’s time to get another challenge started up; this time for the clogyrnach. Find the rules for writing clogyrnachs here. This Welsh form is fun to say, sure, but it’s also fun...

My AWP Chicago Panel with Jane Friedman, Porter Anderson, and Christina Katz

AWP Conference: Poetry Spotlight

Last week, we examined the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. This week, let’s head to Washington, DC, to discuss the AWP Conference. By the way, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people have sent my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: Poetry Spotlight Idea. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 381

There are few certainties in life, but one thing’s been continuously happening for years and years: a poetry prompt on Poetic Asides on Wednesdays. So let’s dive in to this week’s poetry prompt! For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Let’s (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the...

Donald Illich

Donald Illich: Poet Interview

I’m happy to introduce our first poet interview of 2017: Donald Illich! Donald Illich’s work has appeared in literary journals such as Iowa Review, LIT, Nimrod, Passages North, Rattle, and Sixth Finch.  He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and received a scholarship from the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference. Washington Writers Publishing House...

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Hir a Thoddaid: Poetic Form

Last week, we looked at ottava rima. This week, let’s tackle hir a thoddaid. Hir a Thoddaid Poems Some of you may have already guessed, but the hir a thoddaid is a Welsh form. They’ve got the coolest names, right? And this form is like other Welsh forms in regards to a slight variation...

Poetry, February 2015

Poetry Foundation: Poetry Spotlight

Last week, we took a look at the Paul Laurence Dunbar House in Dayton, Ohio. This week, let’s travel to Chicago to examine the Poetry Foundation. By the way, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people have sent my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: Poetry Spotlight Idea. ***** Order...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 380

For today’s prompt, write a nothing better poem. Now, there are at least a couple ways to take this, but probably more. First, the poem could be about a moment that’s so amazing that nothing could ever be better–kind of like a high moment poem. But taking the same prompt, someone could spin it...

Hive, by Christina Stoddard

Collecting Poems into a Book: 5 Poets Share Their Method

I’ve been enjoying going through previous poet interviews to see how poets have shared common experiences–often in unique ways. So here’s one more directed around the concept of collecting poems into a book. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including...

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Ottava Rima: Poetic Form

For the first poetic form of 2017, let’s take a look at ottava rima. Ottava Rima Poems With an Italian origin, the earliest known ottava rima were written by Giovanni Boccaccio. In English, Lord Byron used the form to write Don Juan. More contemporary English poets to use the form include William Butler Yeats...

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Paul Laurence Dunbar House: Poetry Spotlight

For this week’s poetry spotlight, I’m going to focus close to home–or at least, close to where I grew up and will always call home. Since I grew up in and around Dayton, Ohio, let’s take a look at the Paul Laurence Dunbar House. By the way, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 379

For today’s prompt, write a dream poem. So many things happen in our dreams–or, at least, my dreams. Of course, if you don’t have dreams, then write a poem about a dream job, dream relationship, dream vacation, or some other dream situation. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that...

Shaindel Beers

Why Do Authors Cross Out Name When Signing Book?

When I attended my first book signing (for the Market Book series), a fellow editor advised me to cross out my name when signing copies. It’s a practice I’ve kept up since, and I’ve seen other authors do it as well, but I still wonder, “Why do authors cross out name when signing book?”...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Landay Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the landay. There were a lot of great landays, but only 10 can be finalists and just one can win. Read all the landays here. Here is the winner: Georgia Meets Frida, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming Braids intertwine in the courtyard hot sleeping...

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Rattle Chapbook Prize: Poetry Spotlight

New year, new ideas. So I’m going to try a new series on Thursdays that I’m calling Poetry Spotlight. Sometimes, I’ll spotlight a market; other times, I may spotlight a poetry venue, event, or some other happening. If you have ideas, share them in the comments below or send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 378

For today’s prompt, write a something new poem. New toys, new car, new house, new relationship, new experiences–if it’s new, write it. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension of the creation process! In...

Kristina Marie Darling

Poetry Submission Tips From Other Poets

One of my goals for 2017 is to improve my poetry submission routine. I’ve noticed over the years that I get published more when I submit more. Of course, rejections happen more frequently too, but that’s how it works. Below are poetry submission tips from a few poets over the years on the Poetic...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Diminishing Verse

A new year means a new WD Poetic Form Challenge! And this time around, we’ll tackle diminishing verse. Find the rules for writing diminishing verse here. Also known as vanishing verse, this form involves removing letters. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance to be...

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Poetry Resolutions for 2017!

I don’t know how your poeming went in 2017, but mine was sort of up and down. On one hand, I wrote several drafts that I’m super excited about. On the other hand, my poetry submissions have been so lax that even a rejection would be a welcome sight about now. That said, here’s...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 377

Here it is–the last prompt of 2016. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “An Unsuitable (blank) for (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new the phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles might include: “An Unsuitable Kiss for the New Year,” “An Unsuitable...

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2016 List of Poetic Forms

Since we’ve covered quite a few poetic forms this year, I thought it’d be nice to collect the 2016 List of Poetic Forms for easy reference. 2016 List of Poetic Forms Roundelay. The intricate refrain form created by John Dryden. Katauta. The Japanese 3-line incomplete or half-poem for lovers. Curtal Sonnet. The 11-line sonnet...

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Roundelay: Poetic Form

Here’s one final poetic form before the end of the year: the roundelay poem. Roundelay Poems Technically, the roundelay is any simple lyric poem that uses a refrain, but I found a very interesting version of a John Dryden roundelay in Lewis Turco’s The New Book of Forms. Basically, the roundelay is comprised of...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Trimeric Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the trimeric. There were a lot of great trimerics, but only 10 can make the Top 10 list (which is why we call it a top 10 list) and just one can win. Read all the trimerics here. Here is the winner...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 376

I guess today’s prompt is pretty predictable between today being the winter solstice (in the northern hemisphere) and last week’s best winter poems post. For today’s prompt, write a winter poem. For folks in the northern hemisphere, this should be easy enough to do. And for poets south of the equator, remember that Robert...

Megan Volpert

20 Best Tips for Poets

Over the years, I’ve been collecting the best tips for poets from other poets. Everyone has some truth they cling to, and there’s a good chance you’ll find inspiration from the following 20 poets! 20-16 Best Tips for Poets “Always be writing the next poem.” – Amorak Huey, author of Ha Ha Ha Thump...

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Katauta: Poetic Form

Let’s look at one or two more poetic forms before the end of the year, starting with the katauta poem. Katauta Poems The katauta is a Japanese poetic form that is actually considered an incomplete or half-poem. It’s a 3-liner that follows either 5-7-5 or more commonly 5-7-7 syllables per line. Sounds like a...