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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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Time to start another November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Let’s poem! For today’s prompt, we’ve actually got a two-for-Tuesday prompt. So pick one, combine both prompts into one poem, or write two (or more) different poems. Here are the prompts: Write a stay poem. A poem about staying put, not leaving, and/or dealing with someone...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Trimeric

With the 2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge set to start tomorrow, let’s open up one more WD Poetic Form Challenge–this time for the trimeric! Find the rules for writing trimerics here. It’s a fun poem with refrains and a lot of freedom from rhymes and counting syllables. So start writing them and sharing here...

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Trimeric: Poetic Form

Here’s one final poetic form before the November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Trimeric! Check back in December for more poetic forms. Trimeric Poems I’ve really been having fun trying out new (to me) poetic forms recently, but I think the trimeric may be one of my faves. Invented by Charles A. Stone, the rules are...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 373

For today’s prompt, write a card poem. This poem could be a greeting card poem, I guess. But there are so many other varieties of cards too, including business cards, credit cards, sports cards, playing cards, and the St. Louis Cards. When it comes to alcohol and tobacco, many folks get carded. Some people...

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Curtal Sonnet: Poetic Form

Let’s keep the pedal to the metal with the November PAD Chapbook Challenge just around the corner with today’s offering: Curtal sonnet! Curtal Sonnet Poems As with most poets, I once thought all sonnets had to run 14-lines and follow a rhyme scheme. If the study of poetry’s taught me anything for more than...

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Clogyrnach: Poetic Form

With the November PAD Chapbook Challenge just around the corner, I’m trying to cover a few more poetic forms than usual, including today’s offering: Clogyrnach! Clogyrnach Poems Besides being another fun form to say (like rimas dissolutas), clogyrnach is also a fun poem to write. This Welsh poetic form is typically a six-line syllabic...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 372

For today’s prompt, write a bulletin board poem. Or maybe a more modern version of this is the eraser board poem. That is, write a poem that might be tacked onto a bulletin board or scribbled on an eraser board or even magnetized to a refrigerator. Probably something short, something personal, maybe even timely....

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Rimas Dissolutas: Poetic Form

Here’s a new (to me) form that sounds like it’s a spell from the Harry Potter series of books: Rimas Dissolutas! Rimas Dissolutas Poems Popular with 12th and 13th century French poets, rimas dissolutas is a poem that rhymes and doesn’t rhyme. For instance, each stanza contains no end rhymes, but each line in...

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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

It’s time for another November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Over the years, many poets have contacted me to let me know of the successes they’ve found in publishing individual poems and collections that started with the poetry challenges on the Poetic Asides blog. Believe me, it helps drive me forward to hear these success stories....

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 371

For today’s prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. Ekphrasis sounds kind of complicated, but it’s just a fancy word for using a piece of art to inspire a poem. I’ve included a few images below, but feel free to use your own, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dizain

It’s time for the next poetic form challenge: writing the dizain! Find the rules for writing dizains here. It’s basically a 10 line by 10 syllable French form with a set rhyme scheme. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance to be published in Writer’s...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 370

For today’s prompt, write an evacuation poem. Today’s prompt is inspired by Hurricane Matthew churning through the Bahamas and toward the United States, but there are any number of reasons for people to evacuate. And myriad possible stories related to evacuations. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should...

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Bryan Borland: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming poet and publisher Bryan Borland to the Poetic Asides blog! Bryan Borland, a Lambda Fellow in Poetry and winner of the 2016 Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award, is the founder and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, the only publishing house to ever win Lambda Literary Awards in both...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 369

For today’s prompt, write a pattern poem. Yes, this is based off today’s prompt number: 3-6-9; the next number would be 12, right? So yeah, there are number patterns, but also patterns in how people act and re-act to situations, patterns in animal behavior, and even weather patterns (I’m sure my meteorologist/storm chasing brother...

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Diminishing Verse: Poetic Form

Here’s a fun form: Diminishing Verse! Diminishing Verse Poems Diminishing verse offers no origin and very few rules, but I enjoyed writing my example below. In fact, the main rule is this: Remove the first letter of end word in previous line. For example: Line 1 ends with the word “grad” And line 2...

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2018 Poet’s Market: Call for Submissions

It’s that time of year again. The new 2017 Poet’s Market is hitting bookshelves, which means it’s time for me to start figuring out the 2018 Poet’s Market–and I need your help! Running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 31, 2016, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the 2018 Poet’s Market....

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 368

For today’s prompt, write a poem using at least 3 of the following 6 words: ghost crack free hand check know If you want to use any of these words within a larger word, that’s totally fine. For instance, ghostwriter, cracked, freedom, handle, checked, knowledge, etc. If you can use all six (as I’m...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 367

For today’s prompt, write a struggle poem. Many people struggle with many things–work, finances, addiction, relationships, and even finding the time to write poems. But there are also cultural struggles, animal struggles, and even plant struggles (Ever watch a documentary on the struggle between vines and trees? Fascinating stuff). Pick a struggle and write...

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Landay: Poetic Form

Let’s keep the poetic forms rolling this week with the landay, which is a form that may have existed for thousands of years–though I just discovered it recently. Landay Poems The landay is a variable length form based off a couplet, which means the poem could be as concise as two lines or run...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Byr a Thoddaid Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the Welsh 4-line poetic form, byr a thoddaid. As usual, many poems made the original cut before I was able to get it down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner. Read all the byr a thoddaid poems here. Here is...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 366

For today’s prompt, write a “plus one” poem. It could be a math poem. Or a poem about including a guest (or “plus one”). Or a poem about doing something just “one more time.” Or the new person in a group, new task at work, and so on and so forth. ***** Re-create Your...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 365

Today is a pretty big day on Poetic Asides and for the Wednesday Poetry Prompts series: It marks a year’s worth (365 days!) of prompts. Wow! Sooooo… For today’s prompt, write a “year in the life” poem. It could be a poem about something that takes a year to happen, a summary of a...

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Amy MacLennan: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming poet Amy MacLennan to the Poetic Asides blog! Amy MacLennan’s first full-length collection The Body, A Tree was published earlier this year by MoonPath Press. Her work has been published in Cimarron Review, Cloudbank, Connotation Press, Folio, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Linebreak, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pirene’s Fountain, Poet’s Market, Rattle,...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 364

For today’s prompt, write a “let the good times roll” poem. I’ll allow each poet to put the emPHAsis where they wish in that phrase. Focus on the “good times” or play around with the concept of “rolling.” However you roll, I’m cool with it. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haiku Sonnet

I’m hoping to announce the winners of the byr a thoddaid challenge next week, but in the meantime, let’s get started on the next challenge: writing the haiku sonnet! Find the rules for writing haiku sonnets here. It’s basically four haiku and a couplet comprised of 7-syllable lines. So start writing them and sharing...