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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!

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 316

For today’s prompt, write an open poem. The poem could be about physically opening something: a garage door, a bottle of soda, or your mouth. The poem could also go the metaphorical route of opening a can of worms or Pandora’s box. Or if you’re into golf or tennis, writing about the U.S., French,...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dodoitsu Winner

This was a fun challenge to judge. First off, there were so many dodoitsu entries. Second, they’re all short, which means it’s kind of like poetic popcorn. That said, the competition was fierce. I had to go through several rounds of getting the list down to a top 10; there were 40 dodoitsu that...

Jacqueline Woodson

Poetry at the Writer’s Digest Conference!

It’s true that the annual Writer’s Digest Conference is a super-powered conference devoted to writers getting their fiction and nonfiction published. Super stars of publishing and promotion are in attendance, including agents Donald Maass and Janet Reid, authors Hallie Ephron and Jonathan Maberry, promotion gurus MJ Rose and Dan Blank, and so many more....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 315

Before we jump into this week’s prompt, I just want to take a moment to update people who are interested (quite a few, I know) in the April PAD Challenge results. I still don’t have much to report, so I don’t want to spend a whole blog post on it. However, I do hope...

Kimberly Jackson

Kimberly Jackson: Poet Interview

One of my favorite things to do on this blog is shine the spotlight on other poets and their work, and it’s even more fun when they’re regulars on this blog. Such is the case for Kimberly Jackson. Kimberly Jackson is a former academic who now reads and performs poetry and flash fiction just for...

Ploughshares

Ploughshares: Monday Market Spotlight

This week’s Monday Market Spotlight swings over to Ploughshares, a print and digital magazine of fiction, nonfiction, and–of course–poetry. Ploughshares publishes three issues a year and has a well-recognized record of publishing anthologized writing (places like BAP and Pushcart). Since 1989, the literary journal has been based at Emerson College in downtown Boston. In...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dodoitsu

It’s been a while since we’ve had a WD Poetic Form Challenge, but I think this should be a fun and easy (yes, I’m speaking relative to the paradelle challenge) one. I shared the guidelines for writing dodoitsu poems earlier this week. It’s a Japanese form usually focused on work or love with a...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 314

For today’s prompt, write a pie poem. Yes, a poem that somehow incorporates pie…or pi, since the number 3.14 inspired today’s prompt. Impossible? Not really, for some it’ll be as easy as pie, but even for those who struggle at first, I’m sure they’ll eventually get a piece of the pie as well. Who...

Robert Lee Brewer

Dodoitsu: Poetic Forms

Ready to learn a new poetic form? And yeah, you know that a new WD Poetic Form Challenge is just around the corner. The dodoitsu is a Japanese poetic form developed towards the end of the Edo Period, which came to an end in 1868. As with most Japanese forms, the dodoitsu does not...

American Poetry Review

The American Poetry Review: Monday Market Spotlight

Want to read some great new poetry? Check out the website of this week’s Monday Market Spotlight: The American Poetry Review. They feature poetry on their website, and the poems make for great reading. By the way, here’s a little submission tip: The best way to match your poetry to the appropriate publication is...

Robert Lee Brewer

What is the Best Type of Poetry?

I’m picking up on the Friday poet’s inbox series, only today’s question is not inspired by e-mail question. Rather, it’s inspired by claims and attitudes I’ve seen online and in person about what type of poetry is the best. I’ve seen this attitude expressed in many different ways. The most common is for Poet...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Paradelle Winner

It’s been so long since we closed out this challenge that some of you may not even remember (or been around to know) we had a paradelle challenge. Well, here are the results, and yes, you can expect a new form challenge just around the corner. The winning entry is “9 to 5,” by...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 313

I hope everyone’s having a great summer so far. In some ways, today’s prompt seems like it’d be most appropriate in the April PAD Challenge (specifically on the 15th!), but maybe it is even more appropriate on a day well past tax day. For today’s prompt, write an evasive poem. Of course, yes, evading...

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2015 April PAD Challenge: Update

[NOTE: Circumstances have pushed back the next update to August 1.] Just a quick update on the 2015 April PAD Challenge. It seems like I usually shoot for July 4th to announce the results, and one thing or another delays that. I won’t go into what delayed it this year, but I will say...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 312

For today’s prompt, write a dead poem. The poem, of course, could be about a dead person, animal, or other formerly living creature. It could be about the undead, I suppose, or facing death. But then, there are things that die too: computers, relationships, feelings. And some folks feel “dead to the world” or...

The Sun Magazine

The Sun Magazine: Monday Market Spotlight

I’ve really been enjoying this series since it started. If you have a favorite market, feel free to share it in the comments, and I’ll take a look. This week’s spotlight market is one of my favorite publications: The Sun Magazine. The Sun Magazine: Monday Market Spotlight One of the things I really like...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 311

For those interested, I recently started an 8-part series on better blogging for writers at the There Are No Rules blog. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, think of something you might shout out loud (or hear others shout), make it the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles include:...

Virginia Quarterly Review

Virginia Quarterly Review: Monday Market Spotlight

This week’s Monday Market Spotlight just opened poetry submissions last week, but poets better act fast, because the reading period closes again soon. This week’s spotlight is Virginia Quarterly Review (also known as VQR). Virginia Quarterly Review: Monday Market Spotlight Virginia Quarterly Review recently re-opened for submissions on June 15 and will stay open...

Elizabeth Huergo

Build Your Poetry Writing Skills

Build your poetry writing skills working with a published poet in the six-week Advanced Poetry Writing course offered by Writer’s Digest University. The workshop will consist of six one-week sessions, focused on feedback and critique. Sign up today. At the beginning of each session, you will submit an original poem to the instructor for...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 310

I’m in a mood today, I guess. A slap happy mood, so today’s prompt might be as fun as I think it is, or it might be a great big fail. Here’s hoping everyone else is in a mood today too. For today’s prompt, write a poem using three of the following six words:...

Black Warrior Review, Issue 38.1 (Fall/Winter 2011)

Black Warrior Review: Monday Market Spotlight

Sometimes it’s not so much about where you submit your poetry, but when. That’s because several publications have specific reading periods (that sometimes shift without notice). Today’s spotlight market is currently open to poetry submissions: Black Warrior Review. Black Warrior Review: Monday Market Spotlight Black Warrior Review recently re-opened for submissions on June 1...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 309

For this week’s prompt, write a poem just as something changes or is about to change. I guess this could mean big sweeping political or social changes, but what initially prompted this prompt (for me) was thinking about that moment when a candle is lit (or blown out), a room is entered, or an...

Robert Lee Brewer

I Don’t Consider Myself a Poet

Wow! Busy week equals late-night post. By the way, don’t forget to swing by the Writer’s Digest Shop for all the great 40% off deals between now and Sunday (June 7, 2015). Click to continue. Here’s this week’s Poet Inbox e-mail: “I just wanted to personally thank you for hosting the PAD Challenge and...

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Find More Success With Your Poetry For 40% Less!

I prefer not to spend an entire post on what’s for sale at the Writer’s Digest Shop unless there’s a super deal, but there happens to be a super deal happening today through Sunday (or June 3-7, 2015). How super? 40% off books, tutorials, and OnDemand webinars super! People in the know call it...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 308

Find more success with your poetry for 40% less! But only from today (June 3, 2015) until Sunday (June 7, 2015). Click to continue. For today’s prompt, let’s try something a little different. First, I want you to think about the color of the shirt you’re currently wearing (if you’re not wearing a shirt,...