Poetry News

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Lune Winner

I swear these challenges just keep getting harder and harder to judge. Of course, that’s only because the poems continue to be more and more enjoyable to the point where it’s hard to pick a winner. I loved reading everyone’s lunes (click here to go to the original post and read...

Interview With Poet Kristina Marie Darling

I’m very pleased to share Kristina Marie Darling with the Poetic Asides community. Darling is a graduate of Washington University and has published several chapbooks, including Fevers and Clocks (March Street Press) and The Traffic in Women (Dancing Girl Press), before her 2010 full-length collection Night Songs was released by Gold Wake...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Lune

For the 3rd Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m seeking lunes. I’ll accept both Kelly and Collom lunes. Click here to learn more about the lune form. As in previous challenges, the winner will be featured in a future issue of Writer’s Digest (the November/December issue to be precise). The lune...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ghazal Winner

Whew! As with the kyrielle challenge, this was a tough one for me to judge. I think I short-listed more than 30 poems, so it was a challenge for me to even get down to a Top 10 list, let alone choose a winner. But the list has been picked–as has...

Poetic Form: Cascade Poem

Since I was having trouble coming up with a poem today, I thought I’d investigate a new poetic form to help prompt me into action. I’ve seen the cascade poem mentioned a few times online, but I always assumed it meant the poem was comprised of stanzas with indented lines (creating...

Altering poetry for publication: Good or bad?

I like making these post-#poettues posts after tweeting poetry on Tuesdays on Twitter. (Click here to view this week’s transcript.) Today, we discussed self-publishing poetry in unusual formats, the importance of quality and design in publication, and selective poetry journals vs. those that accept about anything. And then, we hit upon...

Meeting Poet S.A. Griffin & Viewing The Poetry Bomb

S.A. Griffin is one of those cool poets who really lives for poetry and spreading the word about poetry. Recently, he’s undertaken what I think is just an awesome poetic experiment called The Poetry Bomb. Basically, he bought a bomb, cleaned it out, prettied it up, and stuffed it with poetry....

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 088

Before the prompt, here are a few announcements: Be sure to check out the WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ghazal. (Click to continue.) Bruce Niedt passed along that Diane Lockward (interviewed here) is hosting a poetry journal festival in Warren County, New Jersey, on May 16. Learn more at: www.dianelockward.com/fest.html ***** For...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ghazal

Okay, everyone, it’s time for our second WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, I’m seeking a ghazal (click here to learn more about this form). As with the previous challenge, the winning poet will be featured in the Poetic Asides column in a future issue of Writer’s Digest, including at...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Today is the final day of April, which also means it is the final day of the 2010 April PAD Challenge. It has been an amazing month of poeming and community, but it’s not quite over yet. Everyone still needs to: Write a poem today. Pick and submit up to five...

Exciting News!

We did it! Everyone did their part (small and/or large) to get me named co-Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere with Sina Queyras, who blogs for the PoetryFoundation.org and Lemon Hound. While I agree that a tie was the best way to settle it, I was glad to see that y’all helped...

Poem nicely

Recently, the temperature has been turned up on this blog–to the point at which some very nice poets are leaving or threatening to leave the blog because they don’t feel comfortable posting their work for fear they’ll be attacked (in words). That is not the kind of blog I run, so...

Blogging Poets: Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere

As you may know, I’m in the running for Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere (click here to vote for me), which is hosted by BloggingPoet.com. It’s a “for fun” type of competition for the most part; but recently, a person posted this in the comments of one post: This blog is...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, write an exhausted poem. The poem can be a first person account of your own exhaustion, or it can describe the exhaustion of someone (or something) else. Heck, I guess it even could be about exhaust, huh? Here’s my attempt for the day: “Baby bedtime” When Ben got...

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

Time to solicit feedback from those who are having to try more than five times to post their poems, please send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: More Than Five Times. In your e-mail, please include:  Very specific steps of what you do and what you see at...

A Place to Post Poems

I’ve been receiving reports since yesterday that posting poems in the comments is proving even more problematic than usual. The programmers are looking into why this issue is suddenly getting even worse than usual, but I want to offer some alternative places to post in the meantime: Post poems over at my personal...

Get Your Poetry Published!

On May 29, I’ll be leading an online seminar on how to go about publishing your poetry. After all, it’s one thing to write great poetry, but getting it published? That’s an entirely different hurdle. Topics I plan on covering include: How to identify appropriate markets for your poetry. How to...

Interview With Poet Sage Cohen

Sage Cohen is the author of Writer’s Digest Books’ most recent poetry title, Writing the Life Poetic. She’s also the author of Like the Heart, the World (Queen of Wands Press). She’s taught poetry at universities, hospitals and writing conferences as well as online. As principal of Sage Communications, Cohen writes...

Good times!

I just finished having a great time on J.P. Dancing Bear’s “Out of Our Minds” poetry show on KKUP Cupertina. It was a lot fun–mostly because Bear has a real laid back approach to handling the show. We discussed the April PAD Challenge, the Poetic Asides blog, Poet’s Market, poetry submission...

Fundamentals of Poetry Writing Workshop

If you want a way to continue the poetry beyond April, WritersOnlineWorkshops.com is now taking registrations for its Fundamentals of Poetry Writing workshop. The online course begins April 23 (registration closes April 30) and will be taught by published writer Joyce Ferman Wells. The course consists of six sessions and costs...

Poetry Writing Titles on Sale Through April

Our eCommerce Marketing Manager just let me know this morning that all our poetry-related Writer’s Digest Books will be on sale through the month of April. All our poetry writing books will be marked down at least 20% during the month (no offer code needed) and orders that exceed $25 get...

April PAD Challenge 2009: Rules & Blah-blah-blah

I’m so excited (and I just can’t hide it)–tomorrow is when April begins, which means tomorrow is when the Poetic Asides April PAD Challenge begins! (Oh yeah!) Last night, I gathered some rules and answers to some frequently asked questions. Here they are: The low down on the April PAD Challenge:...

NaNoWriMo for Poets? PAD Challenge for November?

Okay, we’re getting closer to November, which for some writers of fiction means it’s getting closer to NaNoWriMo time. (Btw, NaNoWriMo translates into National Novel Writing Month.) There are would be novelists lining up to attempt writing 50,000 words or more during the month of November. There’s even a NaNoWriMo website...

Where is poetry happening? Part II

On September 22, I posted about a few sites that have poetry calendars in some prominent areas–mainly as a result of looking for events in my new home of Atlanta, Georgia. And many poets chimed in with other sites, in addition to my very, very short list. Collected together, here are...

ForGodot.com ruffles poetic feathers

Wow! This is a busy day for the blog. How many posts am I going to make today anyway? This post was inspired by a developing story brought to me by my wife Tammy. First, she found this post on Atlanta poet Collin Kelley’s Modern Confessional blog: http://collinkelley.blogspot.com/2008/10/my-poem-at-forgodotcom.html. It talks about...