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: 406

For today’s prompt, write an intro poem. Okay, that’s vague, right? In my mind, I’m thinking of a situation in which a poet enters a room and then drops a poem. Kind of like this is my intro music or something. Of course, I’m fine with other interpretations as well. Like maybe you’ve been...

Why I Write Poetry: Courtney O’Banion Smith

Several weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Thank you! Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Courtney O’Banion...

Chanso: Poetic Form

Today’s form is kind of cool, because it affords a bit of creativity. Let’s look at the chanso! Chanso Poems Chanso poems are adaptable to the needs of the poet. This French form consists of five or six stanzas with an envoy that is roughly half the size of a regular stanza. So what...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 405

For today’s prompt, write a money poem. The poem could be about currency, having money, not having money, wanting more money, etc. The poem can just mention money in passing or take place somewhere that money is changing hands. Like usual, feel free to get creative with your interpretations of the prompt. ***** Pre-order...

Why I Write Poetry: Steve Cushman

Several weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Thank you! Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Steve Cushman,...

Cheryl Pearson: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Cheryl Pearson to the Poetic Asides blog! Cheryl Pearson lives and writes in Manchester in the North West of England. Her poems have appeared in publications including The Guardian, Southword, The High Window, Under The Radar, Poetry NorthWest, Crannog, and Envoi. She won first prize in the High Sheriff’s...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 404

For today’s prompt, write an error poem. Alexander Pope said it best, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” We’re all human, and we all commit errors in life, whether intended or not. Some of them are small errors, like misplaying a ground ball in baseball or spilling milk. Others are much larger and...

Why I Write Poetry: Stuart Peacock

A few weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Thank you! Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Stuart...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Contrapuntal Poem

[Correction: The deadline is August 31, 2017.] Time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge–this time for the contrapuntal poem! Find the rules for writing contrapuntal poems here. It may look like one poem, but it’s actually two (or three, I guess, if you consider the new poem separate of the two). So start writing...

Ellen Birkett Morris: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Ellen Birkett Morris to the Poetic Asides blog! Ellen Birkett Morris is the author of Surrender, a poetry chapbook. Her fiction, poetry, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in journals including Antioch Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, wigleaf, Inscape, The Butter, and Shenandoah. She is a recipient of a 2013...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 403

For today’s prompt, write a poem about a useful item, though seemingly innocuous. For instance, I once wrote a poem about a pencil and another about fortune cookies. Maybe a poem about (or involving) lipstick, paper clips, or aluminum foil would do the trick. ***** Order the Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited...

Why I Write Poetry: Jane Shlensky

A few weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Thank you! Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Jane...

Rannaigheact Mhor: Poetic Form

I used to think the Welsh forms were the most complicated, but today’s Irish form sure fits in a lot of rules in only 28 syllables. Let’s look at the rannaigheact mhor! Rannaigheact Mhor Poems There are actually several different rannaigheacts, which are Irish quatrains. I’m sure we’ll cover other versions in the future,...

National Federation of State Poetry Societies: Poetry Spotlight

One goal of these poetry spotlights, for me, is to share different things happening in the poetry world. After all, one of the great strengths of poetry is its diversity. After at  the Haiku Society of America, let’s look at another poetry organization: National Federation of State Poetry Societies. As always, I appreciate all...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 402

Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 39, which I consider my sestina year. It’s also divisible by three, so I came up with three possible prompts for today. Pick one, two, or all of the following prompts: Write a form poem. Sestina, sonnet, haiku, clogyrnach, golden shovel, etc. Write an anti-form poem. Don’t like...

Why I Write Poetry: Barton Smock

A few weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Thank you! Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Barton...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rimas Dissolutas Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for rimas dissolutas. There were a lot of fun poems, but only 10 can be finalists and just one can win. Read all of them here. Here is the winning poem: About Love, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming There are days when love is sweaty,...

Haiku Society of America: Poetry Spotlight

One goal of these poetry spotlights, for me, is to share different things happening in the poetry world. After all, one of the great strengths of poetry is its diversity. After a few weeks of spotlighting performance poetry, let’s get a little more traditional with the Haiku Society of America. As always, I appreciate...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 401

For today’s prompt, write a repair poem. Obviously, this could be a poem about repairing something mechanical like a car or a bike. But it could also cover repairing a relationship, your state of mind, or your body. ***** Order the Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds...

Why I Write Poetry: Nate Pritts

A few weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in. Thank you! Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Nate Pritts, who shares how poetry helps...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Clogyrnach Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for clogyrnach. There were a lot of great poems, but only 10 can be finalists and just one can win. Read all the clogyrnachs here. Here is the winner: Premonition, by William Preston It is a dark, unstormy night with stars competing for...

Button Poetry: Poetry Spotlight

One goal of these poetry spotlights, for me, is to share different things happening in the poetry world. After all, one of the great strengths of poetry is its diversity. This week that continues as I spotlight Button Poetry. As always, I appreciate all poetry spotlight ideas people send my way. Keep them coming...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 400

I have to admit: Today’s prompt kind of snuck up on me. But now that it’s here, I’m taking a moment to soak it in. 400 Wednesday poetry prompts is pretty cool! With 10 April PAD Challenges and 9 November PAD Chapbook Challenges, it means I’ve shared 970 prompts on here, though admittedly, there’s...

Why I Write Poetry: Walter J. Wojtanik

A few weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in. Thank you! Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Walter J. Wojtanik. Walter J. Wojtanik has...

Rhupunt: Poetic Form

I’ll tell you what: These Welsh poetic forms are starting to grow on me. This time around, let’s look at the rhupunt! Rhupunt Poems The rhupunt has some variability to it, but also some rigid rules as well. I’ve had fun tinkering around with this Welsh form, and I hope you do too. Here...