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Poetic Asides
by Robert Brewer
Published poet and WD Senior Editor Robert Lee Brewer writes on issues affecting poets from a poet’s perspective. As the editor of Writer’s Market, Brewer also shares insights on the publishing industry, especially as it relates to poetry and the poetry markets. He explains poetic forms, interviews other published poets, and provides weekly poetry prompts. Read Poetic Asides


2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, write an exile poem. Exile is a noun, a verb, and an American rock band from Richmond, Kentucky. A person, animal, or object can be exiled. But people and animals also exile others–or even exile themselves. ***** Poem Your Days Away! Online poetry prompts are great! But where...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Complete (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write your poem. Possible titles include: “Complete Best Day I Ever Had,” “Complete Guide to Writing Poems,” “Completely Wrong Way,” and “Completed Set.” *****...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

Time for our fourth (but not final) Two for Tuesday of the month! Pick one prompt or use both…your choice! Write a free poem. Write a not free poem. Remember: These are just matches meant to spark your creativity; you are free to poem wherever you wish. ***** Poem Your Days...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, write a correspondence poem. Maybe write a poem that would fit on a postcard or in a letter. Or write a poem about correspondence school. Or jump into newer forms of correspondence like e-mail or text messaging. Of course, not all correspondence is connected to communicating; sometimes one...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

We’re three weeks in today; let’s keep the poeming going. For today’s prompt, write a sketch poem. My initial thought is to write a poem that’s like a sketch of a moment or an object. But you can play around with sketchy people or situations. Or just sketch something else together....

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

Wow! Some how, some way, we’re two thirds of the way through this month already. For today’s prompt, write a dark poem. Cave poems, poems at night, and no electricity poems–these are all appropriate for today’s prompt. Of course, dark has several other connotations as well. An underdog is often known...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

For today’s prompt, write a license poem. There are many different licenses available to people. Fishing license, driver’s license, license to plate, license to kill, and marriage license. Poem doesn’t have to be about the license, but it could mention a license, happen at a licensing office, or well, use your...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Little (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write your poem. Possible titles include: “Little Guy,” “Little Richard,” “Little Mermaid,” “Little Italy,” and “Little Words That Pack a Big Punch.” I think...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

For today’s prompt, write a reason poem. If this prompt seems unreasonable, just remember all the reasons you write poetry or enjoy cooking, dancing, singing, etc. Or provide a reasoned argument for your lack of reason. Only you know your reasons. ***** Poem Your Days Away! Online poetry prompts are great!...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

Time for our third Two for Tuesday of the month! Pick one prompt or use both…your choice! Write a catch poem. Catch a cold, a ball, a fish, or someone’s eye. Write a release poem. Release your anger, a ball, a fish, or someone’s head (from a head lock while wrestling,...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Half. Way. There. It’s all downhill from here. For today’s prompt, write a prediction poem. Make a prediction. Write about another person’s correct or incorrect prediction. Or, you know, be unpredictable. ***** Poem Your Days Away! Online poetry prompts are great! But where can you get your poem fix when you...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Two weeks! That’s how much poeming we’re about to complete. Big deal. For today’s prompt, pick a state (or province, territory, etc.), make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. A few possibilities include New York, California, Ontario, Bavaria, and Champagne. It goes without saying, but I’ll...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

For today’s prompt, write a view poem. Wherever you’re at, you have a view: maybe of a river or sunset. Maybe of a cubicle or a copy machine. Even the blind have a view of darkness, nothingness, or some other -ness. And that’s just being literal, because everyone has views on...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “The Art of (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “The Art of Writing,” “The Art of Painting,” “The Art of Showing Up to Parties Fashionably...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Before we jump into today’s prompt, I just want to take a moment to share Vince Gotera’s The Coolest Month, which is a poetry collection completely based off April prompts (from here and NaPoWriMo.net). Learn more from his publisher, Final Thursday Press. For today’s prompt, write a dedication poem. This is...