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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!

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

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 253

Robert Lee Brewer

I try to plan out prompts ahead of time, because it’s hard enough to think of a poem on the spot. When I looked at today’s prompt, I had to laugh, because … Read more

Rachel Gurevich: Poet Interview

Rachel Gurevich

Quick note: The results for the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge have been delayed, but I’m getting close to make final decisions. Out of more than 80 submissions, I’ve narrowed the field … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 252

Robert Lee Brewer

Before today’s prompt, be sure to check out this interview with me over at the Poets and Artists website, in which I’m asked 10 questions, including which poem I’d like read at … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 251

Robert Lee Brewer

For today’s prompt, write an elsewhere poem. Maybe elsewhere is a physical place–like Ohio instead of Georgia. Maybe elsewhere is a season–like summer instead of winter. Maybe elsewhere is a state of … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sijo

Robert Lee Brewer

You knew it was coming–the next WD Poetic Form Challenge! This time around, we’re trying out the sijo, a three-line Korean poetic form. It’s more lyrical than a haiku, and there are … Read more

Sijo: Poetic Form

Robert Lee Brewer

While the sijo poetic form is new to Poetic Asides, it is actually older than haiku. This Korean poetic form is only three lines long, but a lot is packed into those … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 250

Robert Lee Brewer

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s poeming time. But first, check out the winner of the somonka challenge. Also, Tammy and me will be reading at various locations for the Austin International Poetry … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Somonka Winner

Robert Lee Brewer

This post has been a long time coming. I posted the original challenge on October 21 with a deadline of November 10. Usually, I’d have the results earlier, but some decisions were … Read more

Taisha Cooke: Poet Interview

Taisha Cooke

It’s time for another Top 25 poet interview from the April PAD Challenge (playing a little catch up after the holiday season). For this round, we have Taisha Cooke, who wrote a … Read more

De Jackson: Poet Interview

De Jackson

The next poet in our Top 25 series was actually cited in the previous interview: De Jackson. De has been around as long as I can remember on this blog, and she’s … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 249

Robert Lee Brewer

I hope everyone sent in there November PAD Chapbook Challenge submissions. If you happened to “forget” the deadline or your dog ate your manuscript, I’ll accept late submissions for today and today … Read more

Walter J. Wojtanik: Poet Interview

Walter J. Wojtanik

The next poet in our Top 25 poet interview series from the 2013 April PAD Challenge is one of the more generous and productive poets I’ve encountered since starting the Poetic Asides … Read more

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