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

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

Well, we’re two weeks in now! That’s something! For today’s prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. An ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired by art, usually, though not always, images. I’m providing a few below: ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

For today’s prompt, write a memory poem. This is one of my favorite poem starters, not only because it’s a great way to mine for material–by looking at memories–but it can also be a great way to remember things previously forgotten. I’ve found that just taking a few moments to remember one thing lead...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “After (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 might include: “After the Music Stops,” “After Hours,” or “After I Finish Writing a Poem, I Write Another One.” ***** Re-create Your...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. A poem that is either about an animal, involves an animal, or is from an animal’s perspective. Your choice. ***** 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...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Today is a Tuesday, which means it’s a Two-for-Tuesday prompt day. For today’s prompt, here are your two options: Write a Technology Poem. Write an Anti-Technology Poem. So it’s pretty simple: Write a poem that involves technology or fights against it. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

There’s not much I can say about today except that it’s Monday. Let’s poem anyway. For today’s prompt, write a mistake poem. The poem can be about making a mistake; it can be about realizing a mistake was made; or it can relay someone else’s mistake. In the past, I’ve written poems about the...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

I hope everyone is having a great poeming experience so far this month. I know each day has been a bit of a surprise for me. For today’s prompt, write a submerged poem. When I first think of submerged, I usually think of water, but folks can also be submerged in work, depression, and...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

Believe it or not, we’re already a week deep in November. I’m still not sure where my poems are headed, though I definitely have a direction now and a compass. For today’s prompt, write a simmer down poem. This could be a poem about cooking, about calming down, about taking it easy. You get...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

Yesterday, I mentioned the narrative poetry anthology that Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey are getting together. However, three of my poems were recently published in one of my favorite online poetry publications, Otoliths. Click here to read all three of the poems. For today’s prompt, write a “we’re being watched” poem. Humankind has really...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

I’ve been writing narrative poems this month. It just so happens that Poetic Asides regulars Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey are assembling an anthology of narrative poems with a February 20, 2016. If you write narrative poems, you may want to have a look at submitting your work. Click here for the submission guidelines....

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

There’s no right or wrong way to attack the November challenge, but I have to admit that I like to take chances during this particular challenge. For instance, the poems I’ve been writing so far this month are a little more narrative and wordy than I typically write. But that’s okay! I’ll have December...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Sorry for the late start today. I’ve been struggling a bit with my poem, but that happens from time to time, right? Let’s get poeming! For today’s prompt, we’ve actually got a 2-for-Tuesday prompt. You can pick one prompt to follow, do both separately, or combine into one prompt. Your choice. Write a United...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

Great start to the November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge yesterday. If you missed the prompt, you can get it here. Themes are not a requirement for this challenge, but they can make it fun. Sometimes, I come in with one in mind; other times, it just kind of evolves. This year’s is starting to evolve,...

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Time to start another poem-a-day challenge. Let’s get this party started! Let’s poem! For today’s prompt, write a day after poem. For instance, today is the day after Halloween in our house, but the poem could be the day after any event. Maybe it’s the day after a wonderful event, or it could be...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Decima Results

The competition–as usual–was tight, but I’ve emerged from the decima challenge with a winner and Top 10 list. It took a few rounds to get there, but here we are with the decima results. Read all the decimas in the comments here. Here is the winner: Check-Out, by Pedro Poitevin I give to the...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 329

This will be our final Wednesday Poetry Prompt until December. As many of you already know, we do a poem-a-day challenge in November that is dedicated to getting material together for a chapbook manuscript. Click here to learn more about the 2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. For today’s prompt, write a “you should” poem....

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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

Earlier this month, I had the honor of writing an endorsement for a collection of poetry by a poet I really admire. It’s not the first time I’ve had that privilege, and it likely won’t be the last. But this particular collection was very special to me, because it was a revised and expanded...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 328

For today’s prompt, write a movie-inspired poem. I think I may have had this prompt previously (somewhere in the 200s or 100s), but I can’t help it: I’m excited about the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. So feel lucky, I’m widening the net to all movies, because I was tempted (only briefly)...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 327

For today’s poetry prompt, write a watching the world go by poem. Whether watching from the window, a park bench, or a couch, perspective is one part of this prompt; the other is what one sees and thinks about it. Remember: Be nice. This is a poetry place and not an arguing politics place....

The Kenyon Review

The Kenyon Review: Monday Market Spotlight

In the poetry world, the two heavyweights are easy to figure out: Poetry magazine and this week’s Monday Market Spotlight: The Kenyon Review. The Kenyon Review: Monday Market Spotlight The Kenyon Review was founded in 1939 and has published some of the biggest names in the literary world since. While they’re not the only...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 326

We’ve been decorating for Halloween at the Brewer mansion already and watching kid-friendly spooky movies, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, and Monster House. This weekend, we’ll start putting together our second annual haunted house in our garage. With that in mind… Today’s prompt is to write a...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 325

Before we jump into today’s prompt, I’m going to take a moment to talk about the 2015 April PAD Challenge. For those of you most interested, it’s been quite a frustrating process this year. It’s been frustrating for me too, and it’s causing me to re-think a lot of things. But I can tell...

Christina Stoddard

Christina Stoddard: Poet Interview

I’m always excited to introduce a new poet to the Poetic Asides audience through our poet interviews series and such is the case with Christina Stoddard. Her poetry is great and so are her answers. Christina Stoddard is the author of HIVE, which won the 2015 Brittingham Prize in Poetry (University of Wisconsin Press)....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 324

I apologize for the late prompt today. Sometimes I have trouble coming up with a prompt; other times, I struggle with the poem. This time around, I had the prompt–and thought it was a good one–but the poem took a while to get loose. For today’s prompt, write a spectacular poem. Poems that are...

September 2015 Writer's Digest

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Minute Poem

You knew it was coming. It’s time for the WD Poetic Form Challenge: Minute Poem. Find the rules for the minute poem by clicking here. It’s a pretty fun form and only 60 syllables. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance to be published in...