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Robert Lee Brewer

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 426

For today’s prompt, write a super poem. Fans of sports, advertising, and half-time shows may have recently watched the Super Bowl. Comics and movies fans know all about super heroes AND super villains. Folks familiar with quarter machines surely are acquainted with the super ball (a bouncy little sphere of endless...

Why I Write Poetry: Hibah Shabkhez

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Now that the craziness of the holidays and the start of the year are over, let’s get back to them....

Kimo: Poetic Form

Today’s form is a haiku variant, and those are always fun. So let’s take a look at the kimo! Kimo Poems Kimo poems are an Israeli version of haiku. Apparently, there was a need for more syllables in Hebrew. That said, most of the rules are still familiar: 3 lines. No...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 425

Sometimes life mirrors these poetry prompts. Last week, I had everyone write a sick poem, and I caught the flu. With that in mind, I hope this week’s lighter prompt leads to a lighter weekend. For today’s prompt, write a happy distraction poem. For people used to social media, this would...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rhupunt

It’s about time for the first WD Poetic Form Challenge of 2018. Let’s write the rhupunt! Find the rules for writing rhupunt here. This Welsh form is loaded with rhymes, variability, and fun. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance to be...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 424

For today’s prompt, write a sick poem. The poem could be about someone or something that is physically sick (a person with the flu or a plant with some disease). Or you can open it up to systems that are corrupted or wherever you wish to take it. Just remember, as...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Roundelay Winner

Another WD Poetic Form Challenge is just around the corner. But in the meantime, here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the roundelay. Once again, I’ve also selected 5 finalists. Read all of them here. Here is the winning roundelay: Category 5, by Bruce Niedt The...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 423

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Little (blank);” replace the blank with a new word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Little Ghost,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Little Do You Know.” Okay, those are all song titles, but...

10 Incredible Writing Superpowers

As a recovering comic book fanboy, I admit it: There are times I wish I had superpowers. As a writer, I admit that I sometimes wish I had writing superpowers. So recently, I opened up the debate on Facebook by asking which writing superpowers other writers would choose. While some were...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 422

For today’s prompt, write a harmless poem. Some people think all poems are harmless; others know this isn’t true. So, what is a harmless poem? I guess we’ll all work to figure that out with this week’s prompt, eh? ***** Order the Poet’s Market! The 2018 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert...

Poetry Is Not a Competitive Sport: Pooja Nansi

I love sharing guest posts here, and it’s been one of my recent goals to share more voices on Poetic Asides (including the Why I Write Poetry posts). I’m excited to share Pooja Nansi’s voice here today on how poetry is not a competitive sport. Pooja Nansi is a poet and...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 421

Happy New Year! This is the first post of 2018, so let’s have fun with it. For today’s prompt, write a password poem. Write about someone using passwords, creating a password, or hide a password (or words) in your poem (perhaps, a la acrostic poem). Have fun with it. ***** Order...

Austin International Poetry Festival Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 420

Here’s the final prompt and poem of 2017; let’s make it a good one! For today’s prompt, write an elevated poem. Whether we’re talking elevators, elevator shoes, elevating for a slam dunk, or some other form of elevation, there’s only really one way to take this prompt: Up! That is, unless...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 419

For today’s prompt, write a “made sense at the time” poem. Historically, people have done a lot of things that made sense at the time that upon further reflection don’t make sense now. This is true in general (all humankind) and specific (some of my personal hair styles) ways. Have fun...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 418

For today’s prompt, write a thaw poem. The term thaw can be used in relation to food and the weather. But it can also relate to people and relationships as well. ***** Order the Poet’s Market! The 2018 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Contrapuntal Poem Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for contrapuntal poem. The entries were great, but there were fewer than normal. As such, I only selected 5 finalists. Read all of them here. Here is the winning poem: Naming Seasons, by Jane Shlensky sometimes I’m fisherman fat pink...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 417

After a month of daily poeming, welcome back to the Wednesday Poetry Prompts! Recently, Dictionary.com dubbed “complicit” the word of the year for 2017. And sometimes, that’s all it takes to prompt a poetry prompt. For today’s prompt, write a complicit poem. For those who are unsure, complicit is an adjective...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ottava Rima

Time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge–this time for the ottava rima! Find the rules for writing ottava rima here. Popular with English poets, this Italian 10-liner looks a lot like a French form. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance to...

2017 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 (34 if we’re being technical with...

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Here we are: It’s the final day of this challenge. Look for next steps sometime between now and Monday. But first, let’s poem one last time! For today’s prompt, write a “back in the day” poem. You might also call this a “good old days” poem or a “bad old days”...

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Today and tomorrow are the final days of this challenge. We’ve got this! For today’s prompt, write a response poem. The poem can be a response to anything–a piece of news, some art, a famous (or not so famous) quotation, or whatever. However, I thought it might be a cool opportunity...