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!

Ae Freislighe: Poetic Form

I’ve covered so many poetic forms over the years, but still have somehow neglected the Irish forms. So let’s finish out May with the ae freislighe! Ae Freislighe Poems I think part of the reason I’ve avoided Irish forms is that the rhymes can be so intense, and that’s definitely the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 394

Earlier this week, my car broke down around Lexington, Kentucky. So I spent the night in an unexpected place while my car got repaired by a nice mechanic named Tony, who owns Tony’s Automotive Repair. For today’s prompt, write a repair poem. Could be about repairing a car or a bike,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 393

For today’s prompt, write a pieces poem. For instance, you could write about picking up the pieces (after a broken relationship), putting together puzzle pieces, eating Reese’s Pieces; or pay tribute to this Janis Joplin song. Piece your poem together however works best for you. ***** Order the Current Poet’s Market!...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rimas Dissolutas

It’s been a while, so let’s get another WD Poetic Form Challenge going–this time for rimas dissolutas! Find the rules for writing rimas dissolutas here. This French form rhymes, but not in the normal way most poets would expect. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific...

Cyrch A Chwta: Poetic Form

Wow! So it’s been almost two months since the last form I’ve covered. So let’s jump right into today’s form: cyrch a chwta! Cyrch A Chwta Poems As you might guess from the name, cyrch a chwta is a Welsh poetic form. And like many Welsh forms, this poem involves both...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 392

For today’s prompt, write a forever poem. There are a lot of different ways to come at forever. After all, some folks think diamonds are forever; while others think of Forever stamps (in the U.S. anyway); and still one or two folks like myself might think of this Paula Abdul song....

How to Get Blurbs for Your Poetry Collection

So I’ve actually covered getting blurbs previously–a few years back when my debut collection, Solving the World’s Problems, was released. In that post, I wrote about securing blurbs for a poetry collection, but I think there’s more that could’ve been covered. So here we are. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market!...

The Robert Frost Farm: Poetry Spotlight

Getting back to the poetry spotlights, I’m using a place recommended by a Poetic Asides reader: The Robert Frost Farm. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: Poetry Spotlight Idea. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 391

No matter how many times we do it, I still have a bit of an adjustment period after going from a poem-a-day to a poem-a-week. For today’s prompt, write a reconnect poem. Throughout history, people have gone through the process of reconnecting–from soldiers coming back from war to former students having...

Penny Candy Books: Poetry Publisher Interview

Trying something new this week. Instead of interviewing a poet, I’ve interviewed the founders of Penny Candy Books, which publishes children’s books, including poetry. Specifically, this interview features Alexis Orgera and Chad Reynolds. Click here to learn more. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

We did it! Here are some numbers for the 2017 challenge: 30 days 34 prompts (including 4 “Two for Tuesday” prompts) 12,000+ comments (and counting) 1 incredible month! So, what’s next? First off, there’s a lot of poetry and poeming that happens around the Poetic Asides blog throughout the year. I’ll...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “The (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 could include: “The Poets,” “The Good Guys,” “The Bad Guys,” “The Last Thing She Said,” and so on. *****...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

For today’s prompt, write a metric poem. Most of the world uses the metric system to measure things out; not so much in the States. But there are meters and liters, and the occasional millimeters. Also, poetry uses metrics (the study of meter in poetry). And metrics, in a general sense,...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

For today’s prompt, write a poem about a smell. Similar to Day 6’s prompt about writing a poem about a sound, today’s prompt involves thinking about the various good and bad smells that fill the world. Pick one smell (or a variety, I suppose), and write a poem. ***** Re-create Your...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day; so carry around a poem in your pocket today. Or roll like me and carry a poem in your pocket every day. For today’s prompt, use at least 3 of the following 6 words in your poem (using a word or two in your...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write a regret poem. Most people regret some action they’ve taken over the years, whether it’s saying the wrong thing, making the wrong choice, or putting off something for a tomorrow that never comes. Write about your own regrets, or the regrets of others (this is a great...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

It’s time for that final two-for-Tuesday prompt of April. Regulars probably already know what the prompt is. Here are the two prompts for today: Write a love poem. The poem could be about lovers, but also the love of family, love between friends, or even loving your job, chocolate, or music....

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, write a faith poem. For some people, faith means religion. For others, faith means trusting in science and mathematics. Still others, think George Michael’s “Faith” just as some immediately conjure up Faith Hill. Regardless of where you put your faith (or don’t), today’s poem gives you an opportunity...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Last (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 include: “Last Starfighter,” “Last Unicorn,” “Last Day of Summer,” “Last Cookie in the Cookie Jar,” and so on. *****...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, write a fable poem. A fable is a story that conveys a moral, usually told with animal characters. ***** 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...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

For today’s prompt, pick an object (any object), make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “Toothbrush,” “Rake,” “Pilot G2 Premium Gel Roller Pen,” or any number of other objective titles. Have fun with it. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

After today, we’ll be 67% of the way through this challenge. Only 10 days to go! For today’s prompt, write a task poem. The task can be some glorious duty, or it can be a seemingly small and insignificant job. Or the poem can take someone to task. It’s your task...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

For today’s prompt, write a memory poem. Pick a memory, any memory. It can be a significant event, but sometimes there are beautiful insignificant moments (that ironically are very significant–quite the paradox). Mine your memories to come up with something good today. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be...

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

Somehow we’re already on our third Two-for-Tuesday of the month; time is flying. Here are the two prompts for today: Write a life poem. The poem could be about the miracle of life, the complexity of life, the game of Life, or anything else that means life for you. Or… Write...