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2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

Today’s prompt comes straight from Marie Elena Good. Marie’s prompt is: Take the phrase “Just Beneath (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 “Just Beneath My Feet,” “Just Beneath This City,” or...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

Day 2’s prompt comes from Khara House. Here’s Khara’s prompt: Write a full moon poem. The full moon might be a character or symbol in the poem. Or the poem might address what happens during a full moon: magic, mischief, madness, etc. Robert’s attempt at a full moon poem: “Moonster” Nevermind...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Here we are. Another November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. Wake up your friends, bring your fellow poets. Let’s poem the heck out of this month! This time around, I’m going to try using prompts supplied by participants. (If you’re interested in providing a prompt, there’s still room. E-mail me at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com...

Get Yer 20th-Century Poets… On a stamp!

Beginning in 2012, you can start putting 20th-century poets on your postage. That is, if you still use postage. The poets (listed below) will be part of the Postal Service’s Forever stamp collection. As you may know, Forever stamps can be used at any point in the future–even if (and most...

One Piece of Advice for Poets, Part 1

Over the years, I’ve asked the question (or a version of it) of several poets: If you could pass on only one piece of advice, what would it be? Below, I’ve assembled some of the answers from previous interviews. As you may have guessed from me titling this Part 1, there...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Bop Winner

Once again, I was floored by the quality of poems submitted. Once again, I had a tough time whittling the entries down into a short list. Once again, I struggled to narrow the short list down to a Top 10. And yes, once again, it was difficult choosing a winner. But,...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Big 10 Winner

I’m a little late and may have pushed myself just a little too much today, but Tammy helped me near the end, and I’ve got the results to The Big 10 Challenge! After reading through pages and pages of great poems (and more than a little spam), I finally landed on...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sonnet Winner

As expected, there was a lot of interest in the sonnet challenge. And it was a fun experience to judge all those 14-line poems, but only one could come out on top and be in the July/August issue of Writer’s Digest. The winner is Bruce Niedt for his sonnet “Two Writers.”...

Interview With Poet Walt Wojtanik

As many of you may know, I love to interview past winners of the challenges here on Poetic Asides. Walt Wojtanik is no exception. The 2010 Poetic Asides Poet Laureate, Walt is a fine (and prolific) poet who is very encouraging to other poets on this blog and in other venues....

Interview With Poet Aaron Belz

I’m so happy to share Aaron Belz with the Poetic Asides community today! Credit: Thomas Crone In 2010, Aaron’s second collection of poetry–Lovely, Raspberry–was released by Persea Books. Before that, there was the The Bird Hoverer, which Boston Review called “masterfully strange.” Aaron is an English professor at Providence Christian College...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sevenling Winner

This may have been the most difficult challenge I’ve had to judge yet. The writing was so good that more than 40 poems made my first cut and nearly 30 made my second cut. Then, it got really tough trying to narrow down to a Top 10 and a winner. (Click...

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...

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...

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...

Poet Interviews TOC (Updated November 2010)

I’ve been lucky enough to interview several talented poets on the blog. And to make it easier for you to read them all, I’ve updated my poet interview TOC. There are many more interviews on the way. Bill Abbott Nin Andrews Julianna Baggott Sandra Beasley Shaindel Beers April Bernard Tammy Foster...

Interview With Poet Erika Meitner

Earlier this year, Harper Perennial released Erika Meitner’s Ideal Cities, which has already received praise from poets such as Paul Guest, Nikki Giovanni and Denise Duhamel. And you can go ahead and throw me on the bandwagon too, because I really enjoyed the way Ideal Cities dealt with both location and...

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...

Poetic Form: Paradelle

Well, well. Who’s tried writing a paradelle? It’s a poetic form that Billy Collins originally introduced as “one of the more demanding French forms,” though eventually Collins fessed up that he created it as a joke. Collins was not kidding about the demanding rules of the paradelle. Here they are: The...

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...

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...

How to Write Poems About Specific People or Events

Today’s Tuesday, so I’ve been tweeting poetic on Twitter at the #poettues hashtag. If you have a Twitter account, please jump in and join in or follow along. Many poets share links to poems they like, ask questions about how to write or publish poetry, and/or just share what they’ve been...

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...