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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!

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

Robert Lee Brewer

Wow! We’ve made it a week into the challenge now. Let’s keep the momentum going. For today’s prompt, write a hardship poem. The hardship could be moving forward after a tragic loss, … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

Robert Lee Brewer

Here we are six days into the challenge. I hope you’ve been getting some good material so far; I’m looking forward to playing with what I’ve written so far. Before the prompt … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

Robert Lee Brewer

For people new to these challenges, I like to do “Two for Tuesday” prompts on Tuesdays. In that way, I get to pretend like I’m a DJ on a radio station. Here … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

Robert Lee Brewer

Hope the time change hasn’t been messing with folks too much (in places that have it–like here in Atlanta). Somehow I get an extra hour, and it still feels like I lost … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Robert Lee Brewer

It’s not too late to catch up, but for those who are already on day three: Great job! After today’s poem, you’ll be a whole 10% through the month. We’re going to … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

Robert Lee Brewer

What’s more challenging than taking that first step? Taking a second step. Let’s keep November going. For today’s prompt, write a “news of the day” poem. The poem should use some sort … Read more

Nancy Posey: Poet Interview

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Our next Top 25 poet from the 2013 April PAD Challenge is Nancy Posey. She’s one of the more active poets on this blog, but she’s also an incredible reader. Tammy and … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Robert Lee Brewer

Welcome to Day 1 of the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Let’s get some poeming done this month! For today’s prompt, write an appearing poem. This could be a poem about something … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 243

Robert Lee Brewer

We’re two days from beginning the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Click here to read the guidelines. As such, this will be the final Wednesday Poetry Prompts post until December 4, because, … Read more

5 Tips for Organizing Poetry Chapbook Manuscripts

Robert Lee Brewer

With another November PAD Chapbook Challenge about to start, I thought I’d share some tips I’ve picked up over the years on assembling poetry collections, especially chapbook-sized manuscripts. These tips aren’t for … Read more

William Preston: Poet Interview

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This week’s featured poet didn’t only make the Top 25 list for the April PAD Challenge, he was also named Poet Laureate for 2013. Please welcome William Preston! William Preston is a … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Lai Winner

Robert Lee Brewer

I had some reservations about attacking the lai, because of the short lines and repetitive rhymes. I was worried the poems might be too stilted, but as usual, I was pleasantly surprised … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 242

Robert Lee Brewer

For this week’s prompt, write a circus poem. It could be a three-ring circus, media circus, flea circus, or any other interpretation. It could be about people in the circus or those … Read more

Beth Copeland: Poet Interview

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Please join me in welcoming Beth Copeland to the Poetic Asides blog. I first came across her work last year when I judged a North Carolina book contest. Her book, Transcendental Telemarketer … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Somonka

Robert Lee Brewer

It’s time for another poetic form challenge. If you’re wondering where the lai results are, don’t worry: I’m nearly finished with them, and they should be posted later this week. As regular … Read more

Raina Masters: Poet Interview

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It’s time for another featured poet/poem from the 2013 April PAD Challenge. Every Friday, we’ll roll out another poet and poem from the Top 25. This week, I’m happy to introduce Raina … Read more

Somonka: Poetic Forms

Robert Lee Brewer

The somonka is a Japanese form. In fact, it’s basically two tankas written as two love letters to each other (one tanka per love letter). This form usually demands two authors, but … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 241

Robert Lee Brewer

In case you haven’t seen it yet, I just wanted to share the first blog post review of my debut poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems. It touches on many of the … Read more

Thomas Lux: Poet Interview

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Please join me in welcoming Thomas Lux to the Poetic Asides blog. Years ago, we talked after Tammy and I read some poems on the local stage of the Decatur Book Festival. … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

Robert Lee Brewer

In a little over two weeks, we’ll begin another November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. In my mind, I always think of April as a free-for-all; November is when I try (though don’t … Read more

Larry Lawrence: Poet Interview

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So as promised in the 2013 April PAD Challenge results post, I’m going to start featuring a poem and poet from the Top 25 every Friday between now and the next challenge. … Read more

2013 April PAD Challenge: Results

Robert Lee Brewer

Okay, results sounds kind of weird for the April PAD Challenge. It’s more of a re-cap, I guess, or a snapshot. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that what happens … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 240

Robert Lee Brewer

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “If You (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 239

Robert Lee Brewer

For today’s prompt, write a normal poem. I know that’s kind of a silly thing to ask, but work with me here. You could write a poem that plays with “normal.” For … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 238

Robert Lee Brewer

For this week’s prompt, write an “on the road” poem. It could be an “on the road again” poem, a la Willie Nelson; or it could be a special new trip. Or … Read more

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