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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: 281

Robert Lee Brewer

If you haven’t heard yet, we’ve completed the list of finalists and winners from the 2014 April PAD Challenge. 300 finalists, 30 winners. Click here to view the results. And then, share … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Terzanelle

Robert Lee Brewer

It’s that time again: time for another poetic form challenge. And, as you may have guessed, we’ll focus on the terzanelle this time around. Click here to read the guidelines on writing … Read more

Interviewing Poets: Why and How

glenda_council_beall

Please welcome Glenda Council Beall to the blog. She was inspired to write a guest post after reading Jeannine Hall Gailey’s post on poetry book reviews last month. I really enjoy the … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 280

Robert Lee Brewer

Before we get into today’s prompt, be sure to check out my first year as a traditionally published poetry author. In the post, I share things that I think I did right, … Read more

Solving the World’s Problems: Year One

Solving the World's Problems

My debut full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, was released by Press 53 last September. I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what has happened since then … Read more

Terzanelle: Poetic Form

Robert Lee Brewer

What do you get when you mix two super popular Italian poetic forms, specifically the terza rima and villanelle? The terzanelle, of course! It combines the lyricism of the terza rima with … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 279

Robert Lee Brewer

I’m on vacation this week, which means I’ve been trying to stay as far away from the computer as I can most of the time. Mostly, I’ve just been messing around in … Read more

Call for Submissions: 2016 Poet’s Market

2015 Poet's Market

It’s that time of year again. The new 2015 Poet’s Market is hitting bookshelves, which means it’s time for me to start figuring out the 2016 Poet’s Market–and I need your help! … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 278

Robert Lee Brewer

Quick note on the April Poetry Challenge results: We are just three days short of having all 30 days reported. Hopefully, we’ll finish it up between now and the next prompt. Want … Read more

Rosemary Rhodes Royston: Poet Interview

Rosemary Rhodes Royston

Please join me in welcoming Rosemary Rhodes Royston to Poetic Asides. I first met Rosemary at a writing workshop in North Carolina, so I’ll take all credit for her debut chapbook, Splitting … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 277

Robert Lee Brewer

How appropriate that today’s post took a while to get on the site. I had already planned on providing an update on the 2014 April PAD Challenge results. They’re coming, and I … Read more

Megan Volpert: Poet Interview

Megan Volpert

Please welcome Megan Volpert to the Poetic Asides blog! I met Megan earlier this year in Austin as we were both National Feature Poets for the Austin International Poetry Festival and from … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 276

Robert Lee Brewer

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my announcement of the 2015 Poet’s Market. (Click here.) For this week’s prompt, write a news poem. When I’m really in a creative … Read more

2015 Poet’s Market: What It Is and How to Buy It

2015 Poet's Market

When I started writing poetry more than 20 years ago, I didn’t have ambitions of publication or poetic greatness, but I did have a target audience: originally, a girl to impress. Later … Read more

Todd Davis: Poet Interview

In the Kingdom of the Ditch, by Todd Davis

Please welcome Todd Davis to the Poetic Asides blog. He’s authored and edited 13 books, including the poetry collection In the Kingdom of the Ditch. Davis teaches creative writing, American literature, and … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 275

Robert Lee Brewer

For this week’s prompt, write an upside down poem. Of course, the poem could be about something (or someone) being physically turned upside down, but it could also be a symbolic reversal … Read more

Laurie Kolp: Poet Interview

Upon the Blue Couch, by Laurie Kolp.

I would ask readers to welcome Laurie Kolp, but most of you already know her as a long-time part of the Poetic Asides community. She’s placed in a few of the WD … Read more

Reviewing Poetry Books: Why Does It Matter?

Jeannine Hall Gailey

Please welcome the incredible Jeannine Hall Gailey to the blog! She’s going to cover a topic that I don’t feel gets enough coverage: poetry book reviews. I’m enjoying the guest posts on … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 274

Robert Lee Brewer

If you missed it, I released a list of 50 poetic forms on Monday. Find the usual suspects (like the sestina and haiku) sprinkled with the unusual suspects (like the paradelle and … Read more

List of 50 Poetic Forms for Poets

Robert Lee Brewer

I’m in the middle of putting together my list of poetic forms to cover in the 2015 issues of Writer’s Digest magazine, and it prompted me to take a look at what … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Madrigal

Robert Lee Brewer

Earlier this week, I hinted it was coming, and here it is: the next WD Poetic Form Challenge. Of course, we’ll be writing the madrigal, specifically the English madrigal, for this challenge. … Read more

Writing the Urban Sketch

Ian Chandler

Earlier this month, Daniel Roessler shared a three-part series on nature and poetry. I’m hoping to continue sharing both guest posts on various topics on Thursdays (missed last week because of illness … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 273

Robert Lee Brewer

There are only a few constants in my life: One of them is that I know I’ll share a prompt and poem on Wednesdays. I hope everyone is ready to let loose … Read more

Madrigal: Poetic Form

Robert Lee Brewer

The madrigal originated as an Italian form, actually as a pastoral song. The Italian madrigal is written in lines of either seven or 11 syllables and is comprised of two or three … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Golden Shovel Winner

Robert Lee Brewer

Thank you for all the golden shovels this summer! With more than 700 comments, I felt like I had to “dig out” of a pile of golden shovel amazing-ness. This form seemed … Read more

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