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!

Katauta: Poetic Form

Let’s look at one or two more poetic forms before the end of the year, starting with the katauta poem. Katauta Poems The katauta is a Japanese poetic form that is actually considered an incomplete or half-poem. It’s a 3-liner that follows either 5-7-5 or more commonly 5-7-7 syllables per line. Sounds like a...

10 Best Winter Poems for Poets and Lovers of Poetry

In the northern hemisphere, winter is nearly upon us. In fact, many would argue that winter is already here–and they have the snow to prove it! As such, here are my picks for the 10 best winter poems for poets and lovers of poetry. If I’ve missed your favorite, no problem. Share your favorite...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 375

For today’s prompt, write a reflection poem. This poem could be about a physical reflection (or lack of reflection if you’re talking vampires). But poems that deal with reflections as thoughts work too. In fact, any creative interpretation of reflection or reflective surfaces will be accepted. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to...

5 Poets No One’s Heard of but Should

It’s one of my favorite questions to ask during poet interviews, something along the lines of “who is your favorite poet nobody knows but should?” And the reason is simple: I love learning about new-to-me poets no one’s heard of but should know, whether they’re contemporary or long lost voices of the past. So...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dizain Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the dizain. There were a lot of great dizains, but only 10 can make the Top 10 list and just one can win. Read all the dizains here. So here is the winner: Firsts, by Jane Shlensky First frost and leaves turn...

4 Poetry Chapbook Strategies

Since many poets are getting together their November chapbooks this month, here are some poetry chapbook strategies. These are different than the 5 Tips for Organizing Poetry Chapbook Manuscripts, which is also worth a quick read. Here are four poetry chapbook strategies: Include Only Your Most Vital Poems. Ten pages of great poetry is...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 374

Wow! After a month of writing a poem each and every day, it felt so weird going a whole week between prompts. For today’s prompt, write a pop poem. This poem could be about popcorn, pop-up books, pop-out decorations, pop quizzes, pop culture, Pop-Tarts, or any number of pop-related topics. Just wait long enough,...

Amorak Huey: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Amorak Huey to the Poetic Asides blog! Amorak Huey, a former newspaper editor and reporter, is author of the poetry collection Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress, 2015) and the chapbooks The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl, 2014) and A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Landay

A new month means a new WD Poetic Form Challenge–this time for the landay! Find the rules for writing landays here. It’s an interesting form that can be as concise as a couplet or expand for several stanzas. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haiku Sonnet Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the haiku sonnet. 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 haiku sonnets here. Here is the winner: Waterfall, by William Preston White...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Okay, here are the next steps for this challenge. Before you dive into them, click here to read the original guidelines for the challenge. Step One: Write the Poems We accomplished this step during the month of November. We have 30 prompts to prove it. Step Two: Revise the Poems This step is optional,...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Today’s our last chance to poem for November 2016. Tomorrow, I’ll post next steps for this challenge, which involves going through poems written throughout the month. But today… Write a last chance poem. The poem could be about having a final chance at something, whether it’s writing a poem, saying goodbye, or singing a...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Only 2 days left! So it’s appropriate… For today’s prompt, we’re once again doing 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 love poem. A poem about love, people who are in love, attempting to woo, or some...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

Somehow, we’re down to the final three days of this year’s November challenge. Crazy! For today’s prompt, take the phrase “I Want (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write the poem. Possible titles include: “I Want Money,” “I Want a...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For today’s prompt, write a falling apart poem. The poem could be about a crumbling house, tree losing its leaves, or a car that’s breaking down. Of course, people break down and fall apart all the time–in both large and small ways. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write a visitor poem. The poem could be about being a visitor to somewhere new. Or the poem could be about hosting a visitor. Write about an expected visitor or someone who shows up by surprise. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer,...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, write a tape poem. The poem could be about transparent tape, duct tape, video tape, or even tape worm. Anything that you can bend into a tape poem is fair game. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, write an imitation poem. Some folks say imitation is the best form of flattery. So with it being Thanksgiving in these parts, I thought it appropriate to pick a poem you enjoy and write an imitation of it. You can include poet and poem of the original if you’d like; or...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “When (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write the poem. Possible titles include: “When in Rome,” “When Doves Cry,” “When You Can’t Say When,” “Whenever You Want,” etc. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market!...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, we’re on our fourth 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 sharing poem. A poem about somebody sharing something. Or a poem about receiving something that was shared. Or witnessing an act of sharing....

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

For today’s prompt, write a thinking out loud poem. If you’ve ever been caught thinking out loud, this poem does that. If you haven’t done it yourself, chances are you know someone who thinks out loud; channel that today. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer,...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

For today’s prompt, pick a popular saying, make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: “May the Force Be With You,” “It’s a Bird; It’s a Plane; It’s Superman,” “Just Do It,” or “Break a Leg.” I hope you break many legs with this prompt–in a...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

For today’s prompt, write a poem about a commonplace location. The poem could be about the local grocery store, library, or something even more intimate–like your kitchen or bathroom. Or it could be standing in line at the DMV or post office. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

For today’s prompt, write a poem that uses the following six words: band logic pack web froth clean You can write a sestina, villanelle, free verse, or haiku. Just be sure to use the six words in any possible combination that you can manage. ***** Order the New Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market,...

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

For today’s prompt, write a paper poem. The poem could be about something made of paper, made with paper, or a document–like a contract, deed, will, etc. It’s a great time to unpack your origami poems, paper plane poems, or even your spit ball poems. Maybe you can even write it on paper. *****...