Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides Blog

Are you passionate about writing poetry? Check out Robert Lee Brewer’s blog, Poetic Asides. You’ll find poetry prompts, solid tips on writing poetry, interviews with poets, and blog posts highlighting poetic forms like chant, haibun or nonet poems, rispetto, and prose poetry. Sit back, relax, and learn more about the craft of poetry!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 476

For today’s prompt, write a spring poem. Believe it or not, today is the first day of spring (and my little brother’s birthday!). So write about birds and bees. Or break lines over the lack of spring-like attributes in your neck of the woods. Maybe you still have snow, a lack...

Echo Verse: Poetic Forms

Last week’s form (treochair) had some wild rhymes. This week’s form is a little more straight forward. Bring on echo verse! Echo Verse Poems Unlike many of the poetic forms we examine on this blog, echo verse has a pretty simple rule: Repeat the end syllable(s) of each line. No other...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 475

For today’s prompt, pick a mode of travel, make that the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could be as vague as “By Land,” “By Air,” or “By Sea.” Or you could get a little more specific with titles like “On the Back of an Elephant,”...

Treochair: Poetic Forms

Last week, we looked at a Welsh form (awdl gywydd). This week, let’s try out the treochair! Treochair Poems The treochair is an Irish form. While there are quite a few mentions online, the only book that appears to mention it is Robin Skelton’s The Shapes of Singing. Here are the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 474

For today’s prompt, write a gift poem. Maybe the gift is a book, an action figure, or a delicious pastry. Or maybe it’s jewelry. Or the gift of life. Re-gifting is a thing. Also, not all gifts are welcomed gifts. So there are a lot of ways to possibly take this...

Smash Poetry Journal: 125 Poetry Prompts and More

I’m so excited to share my latest news! Writer’s Digest Books is releasing my book Smash Poetry Journal, a collection of 125 poetry prompts and other poetic fun, later this month. Order your copy here. Last week, I celebrated my 19th work anniversary. I’ve done a lot of cool stuff in...

Awdl Gywydd: Poetic Forms

You know what time it is? It’s Poetic Form Friday time! So let’s examine a new (to me) form with the awdl gywydd. Awdl Gywydd Poems I love Welsh forms, because they tend to rhyme…and folks tend to ask me how to pronounce them. In this case, awdl gywydd is pronounced...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

It’s time to start preparing for the 2019 April PAD Challenge. Wild as it is to type this, this time through will be the 12th annual April poem-a-day challenge! In about a month, we’ll start meeting here every day to poem with poets from around the world. Past participants have included...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 473

For today’s prompt, use at least 3 of the following 6 words in your poem: colossal flat husky muse scheme transfer If you want to go above and beyond, try using all six words. ***** Build an Audience for Your Poetry! Learn how to find more readers for your poetry with...

Than-bauk: Poetic Forms

It’s Friday! So let’s keep the poetic forms flying with the than-bauk. Than-bauk Poems The than-bauk is a Burmese form with very simple rules: Three lines Four syllables per line The final syllable of the first line rhymes with the third syllable of the second line and second syllable of the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 472

For today’s prompt, write a double poem. As a former baseball player, I think of hitting doubles. But there are so many other possibilities with doubles, including double entendre, double jeopardy, double trouble, stunt double, and double helix. Also, a doppelganger is considered a person’s double. ***** Build an Audience for...

Glose or Glosa: Poetic Forms

I’m loving these Poetic Form Fridays! This week, let’s take a look at the glose or glosa Glose or Glosa Poems The glose or glosa is an interesting Spanish form that reminds me a bit of the golden shovel or cento. The basic premise is that you quote four lines of...

10 Best Love Poems Ever!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought this year I’d share my top 10 best love poems ever written. Of course, this is not an exhaustive (or even overly authoritative) list. It’s just my favorites, and I encourage everyone to share their favorites in the comments below. I guess I should explain what...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 471

For today’s prompt, write a language poem. All poems include language, right? But this poem may include a foreign and/or coded language. Or use jargon. And there’s the opportunity to play with a language-based form like a tautogram or acrostic. ***** Build an Audience for Your Poetry! Learn how to find...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Catena Rondo

I hope to have the results of the hir a thoddaid challenge in the next week or so, but in the meantime, let’s write the catena rondo! Find the rules for writing catena rondos here. It’s a fun form filled with rhymes and refrains. So start writing them and sharing here...

Imayo: Poetic Forms

For this Poetic Form Friday, let’s play with the imayo! Imayo Poems The imayo is a 4-line Japanese poem that has 12 syllables in each line. If a 12-syllable line sounds unique for a Japanese poetic form, don’t fret. There is a planned caesura (or pause) between the first 7 syllables...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 470

For today’s prompt, write a fair poem. The first way my mind goes is to write a poem that is focused on being fair in how people treat each other. But there’s also the county fair, the state fair, and the (oh yeah!) book fair. There are fair ratings on collectibles...

Tautogram: Poetic Forms

Let’s keep these Poetic Form Fridays rolling with the tautogram! Tautogram Poems The tautogram is best explained by its Greek root words of “tauto” meaning “the same” and “gramma” meaning “letter.” Basically, all words in the poem begin with the same letter. So pick a letter–any letter–and get poeming! Note: A...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 469

For today’s prompt, write an encounter poem. The encounter could be a scheduled appointment. Or an unexpected meeting. The encounter itself could be a happy event. Or produce sad, anxious, scary, or annoying emotions. Could be person-to-person. Or person-to-animal, animal-to-animal, or even robot-to-alien (because, why not?). ***** Build an Audience for...

Catena Rondo: Poetic Forms

After trying out some new forms recently, I’ve decided to start having Poetic Form Fridays (kind of like how I’ve reserved Wednesdays for poetry prompts). So this week, let’s take on the catena rondo! Catena Rondo Poems I found the catena rondo in Robin Skelton’s The Shapes of Our Singing. In...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 468

For today’s prompt, write a note poem. My first thought is that this is a poem written as a short note to someone. Maybe a list of tasks to perform, a note about the state of the house, or a love note. But there are also musical notes. And I can’t...

Senryu: Poetic Forms

When I looked over my revised list of poetic forms recently, I was surprised to see that senryu was not on there. It’s one of those forms I assumed was already covered. But I probably just mentioned the form while talking about haiku. So let’s look at senryu! Senryu Poems When...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 467

For today’s prompt, write an expectation poem. The expectation could be realistic or unrealistic. It could be expecting a check or payment, expecting a visitor or acknowledgment, or just expecting a nice word. I expect to see some unexpected takes on this prompts. ***** Build an Audience for Your Poetry! Learn...

How Poetry and Journalism Intersect for Me

From time to time, I feature guest posts on this blog, and today’s post shares how poetry and journalism intersects for John B Lane. Personally, I love looking at how the various forms of writing intersect. John B Lane is an award-winning author and instructional designer, as well as a pioneer...

How to Write a Love Poem: From a Love Expert

Okay, I’m not a love expert. But I do know how to write a love poem. In fact, I’m surprised I haven’t already written a post on writing love poems. Because that’s like my thing. Every poem-a-day challenge, whether April or November, includes a love poem (and anti-love poem) prompt. And...