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Upcoming Poetry Contests (January 2011)

Every so often, I get asked about upcoming poetry contests (whether via e-mail or through social networking sites). Usually I try to answer these inquiries one-on-one, but I’ve decided to start sharing upcoming contests on here to make it easier for both myself and poets interested in submitting their work. WritersMarket.com...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 117

For those of you who participated in the 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, today is the final day to submit your chapbook manuscript. (Click here for details.) ***** For everyone interested in writing a new poem, this week’s prompt is to write a celebration poem. People celebrate things large and small...

Special Guest and Book Give-Away Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Poetic Asides will have a special guest on the blog: Sage Cohen!     If you’re not familiar with Sage, she’s the author of Writing the Life Poetic, which is one of the few books I keep on my desk at all times (right up there with my Webster’s Dictionary...

A lot happening at Poetic Asides

There’s a lot going on at the Poetic Asides blog as far as challenges at the moment (which I’ll dig into below), but I wanted to let everyone here know about my recent decision to self-publish a chapbook of poetry that will include 21 poems, many of which have been previously...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sevenling

Want something fun to do over the holidays? Try a new poetic form. For this Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m asking poets to write a sevenling. The sevenling is a relatively newer form created by Roddy Lumsden. Click here to read my earlier post on how to write a sevenling....

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rondeau Winner

I was very impressed by all the great attempts at the rondeau. Click here to read all the entries in the Comments. However, there can be only one winner, and this time it was Brian Slusher. Congratulations, Brian! Here’s his winning rondeau: Goodbye, by Brian Slusher What does Love say to...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

I haven’t even posted the next steps post, yet I’ve already received my first chapbook manuscript via e-mail. I expect many more to be sent my way between today and January 5th at 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia, time). To read the original guidelines post, click here. If you’re lazy, here are...

Blogging Poets: Collin Kelley

I first discovered Collin Kelley through my wife, who loves his blog: Modern Confessional. Over time, I’ve been lucky enough to meet him a few times in person, but I still love reading his blog which has a lot of personality. But Collin is more than just a blogger, he’s a...

Interview With Poet Nancy Posey

We’re two days into the 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. (Click here to read about the 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge.) Recently, I interviewed the 2009 November PAD Chapbook Challenge winner: Nancy Posey. Her collection, Let the Lady Speak, got into the skins of many different women and beat a field...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rondeau

Just what everyone needs: Another poetic challenge (in the middle of a poem-a-day challenge, no less). For this Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m asking poets to write a rondeau. The rondeau is one of those fun and tricky French forms that personally I love. Click here to read my earlier...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cascade Poem Winner

These challenges always surprise me with how poets attack the forms. They also surprise me with the quality of the writing. If you haven’t yet, you should check out the entries for the cascade poem challenge; some great writing with a fairly relaxed poetic form. Click here to read all the...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cascade Poem

For this Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m asking poets to write a cascade poem. The cascade poem is a great form for poets who are intimidated by meter and rhymes, because neither are necessary for this form. Click here to read my earlier post on how to write a cascade...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 110

First off, I want to throw out a Happy Birthday to my mother! Happy Birthday! ***** Second off, don’t forget about these two challenges (one will begin in November, the other has already started: 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge 2011 Poetic Form Challenge Plus, I’ll be sharing the details on another...

2011 Poetic Form Challenge!

I’ve been carrying around this idea in my back pocket since I started this blog with Nancy Breen. The only thing holding me back is how to best accomplish. Now that we’ve weathered a quite a few writing challenges, including form-based writing challenged, I think the time is right for this...

Blogging Poets: Jessie Carty

Way back on April 26 (in the heat of running for Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere), I posted that I wanted to do a better job of informing my readers of other poetry blogs. Well, it’s taken longer than I expected, but here is the first in what I hope will...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge Rules

First off, the November PAD Chapbook Challenge is all about the fun and poeming! During the month of November, don’t worry so much about finished drafts; just get the rough drafts cranked out each day. After all, you’ve got December (and the rest of your life, for that matter) to edit. That said,...

Interview With Poet Sarah James

I love interviewing poets, but I really love interviewing poets who publish their first collection and let me know that the title poem was originally a response to a Poetic Asides poetry prompt. And yes, I’m talking about today’s interview with poet Sarah James. Sarah’s collection Into the Yell was published...

Poetic Form: The Bop

Since it’s always good to challenge ourselves to do new things, I’m going to try two in this blog post. First, I’m going to try and incorporate images. Second, I’ll try my hand at The Bop. The Bop is a poetic form that was developed by poet Afaa Michael Weaver (pic...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Monotetra Winner

These form challenges are fun and good at accomplishing at least one thing: They burn the forms into my brain. Such has been the case with these monotetras. After reading over the poems (many of them multiple times), I found myself thinking in 8-syllable lines with 4-syllable refrains. I’m surprised there...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 105

Before we get into this week’s prompt, I just want to shine a light on Bruce Niedt’s call for submissions, which he shared in the comments of yesterday’s post. The call for submissions is for the publication Up and Under: The QND Review. (Click here to learn more.) ***** For this...

Interview With Poets Kate Rogers and Viki Holmes

Sometimes the best way to discover new writers is through an anthology. For instance, I buy The Best American Poetry each year so that I can get a good sampling of poetry from the (mostly) big journals. I also love reading more thematic anthologies, including the world poetry anthology Not a...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Monotetra

For this Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m asking poets to write a monotetra or three. Please don’t stress out about the meter so much, because I won’t. But the rhymes and refrains, yes, please follow the rules. If you’re not sure, click here to learn more about the monotetra. Many...

Call for Submissions: 2012 Poet's Market

The 2011 Poet’s Market has been making the rounds, which means there’s another great edition of this poet publishing resource at bookstores–online and off–around the globe (though mostly in North America). (If you don’t have one yet, click here to order your copy.) While poets can enjoy the most recent edition...

Reading at the Georgia Poetry Society

Yesterday, I read some poems and gave a little workshop on the sestina at the Georgia Poetry Society. When I was asked to present, I asked if I could bring my wife Tammy along, so she was a featured reader along with poet Barry Marks, who earlier this year released his first...