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: 481

For today’s prompt, pick a writer (any writer), make him or her the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. The poem can be about the writer. Or it can play around with subjects, themes, and characters from their writing. Get creative with it! ***** Poem Your Days Away!...

Droigneach: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the droigneach, an Irish form that uses end rhymes, internal rhymes, and trisyllabic words. Droigneach Poems The droigneach is an Irish poetic form with the following guidelines: Quatrains (the quatrains can be combined to form longer...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 480

For today’s prompt, write a negative poem. In this poem, maybe everything goes wrong. Or maybe everything could go wrong. Perhaps, this is a poem about subtraction. And remember, positive poets: a double negative makes a positive! ***** Poem Your Days Away! Online poetry prompts are great! But where can you...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Catena Rondo Winner

The Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge is an opportunity for poets to try a form together (this time a catena rondo) and for one of those poems to end up in Writer’s Digest magazine. Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the catena rondo along with...

Rondelet: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rondelet, which is a French form with refrains and end rhymes. Rondelet Poems The rondelet is a typical French form with rhymes and refrains. Here are the basic guidelines for this poetic form: 7 lines...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 479

For today’s prompt, write a weapon poem. Write a poem with a sword, gun, or some other weapon. Or describe a weapon. Also, remember that all weapons aren’t obvious. Words can be weapons, ideas, thoughts, and more. Have fun weaponizing your poems today! ***** Poem Your Days Away! Online poetry prompts...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Strambotto

The WD Poetic Form Challenge is your opportunity to write and share a poem for a chance to get published in Writer’s Digest magazine in the Poetic Asides column. This time around, we’re writing the strambotto, an Italian 8-liner. It’s been a while since we’ve done a poetic form challenge. So...

Cento: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms that you may or may not know. This week, we take a look at the cento, which is a form of found poetry that is entirely composed of lines and phrases from previously written poems. Cento Poems At it’s most basic...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 478

For today’s prompt, write an impossible poem. Write about something that’s impossible to do. Or write about something people once thought was impossible to do. Or write about something that’s impossible to NOT do. Whatever you decide, I hope it’s not impossible for you to poem along! ***** Poem Your Days...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Today is the final day of the 2019 April PAD Challenge, but come back tomorrow for the first Wednesday Poetry Prompt of May and stay for Poetic Form Fridays, the next WD Poetic Form Challenge, and so much more! It’s time for our fifth (and final) Two for Tuesday prompt of...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

We are almost there! Get through today, and tomorrow’s the final poem(s) of April! For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Again,” 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: “Here We Go Again,”...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

For today’s prompt, write a remix poem. That is, remix one of your poems from earlier in the month. There are many ways to do this. Turn a free verse poem into a traditional form (using lines from the original poem). Or use erasure to cut down a long poem into...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

For today’s prompt, pick a direction, make that the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. There are so many directions: north, south, up, down, left, right, over, under, etc. But there are also more specific directions like “Across the Way,” “Through the Woods,” and “Beyond the Clearing.” Or...

2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write an evening poem. A poem about or during the night. Or take evening a completely different direction and think of evening the score or making things more even (or fair or whatever). ***** Poem Your Days Away! Online poetry prompts are great! But where can you get...

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!...