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!

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

For the final day of this challenge, I’m happy to be able to share five of my poems published in the Australian online publication Otoliths (click here to read them). Quick read: All five put together combine for fewer than 30 lines. Yesterday, the blog seemed to take the haphazard prompt a little too...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Tomorrow is the final day of the challenge! How did we get here? One day at a time; I know, I know. For today’s prompt, write a haphazard poem. The poem itself could be haphazardly put together, I suppose. But it could also be about a haphazard situation. Or whatever haphazard thing you can...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Important (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles could include: “Important Documents,” “Important: Read Before Assembling,” “Important People,” and so on. I hope everyone finds something important to write about...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Happy Administrative Assistant Day! If you’re an administrative assistant, perhaps you’ll get a chuckle out of today’s prompt. If not, I hope you still get something out of it too. For today’s prompt, write a take off poem. Take off work for you admin assistants out there (and any other workers). Take off a...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Experienced PAD-ers knew it was coming, because this prompt always shows up on one Tuesday or another. For today’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt: Write a love poem. Or… Write an anti-love poem. ***** Publish Your Poetry! The 2016 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including listings for poetry publications, publishers,...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

Somehow we’re only 5 days from the finish line! Let’s keep poeming strong through the end of this week. For today’s prompt, write an exercise poem. The poem could be about a specific exercise, or it could just incorporate exercising into the poem. Or it could be dedicated to a piece of exercise equipment–so...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

I want to thank those who grabbed a copy of my Solving the World’s Problems collection yesterday. For a brief moment, the book cracked Amazon’s top 100,000 list, which isn’t bad for a 3-year-old collection of poems. If you missed out yesterday and want to order a copy today, click to continue. For today’s...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

Yesterday, I had a reader Tweet a quote of a poem from my Solving the World’s Problems collection on Twitter. It was an unexpected and touching moment, but it got me thinking that I should probably mention folks can get a copy of it up here in the opening paragraph. If you’re interested, click...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

If you haven’t yet, check out the new and improved National Poetry Month Collection, a super-loaded (and heavily discounted) bundle of poetry products. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Star (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day! It’s a day to pick a poem to carry in your pocket and share spontaneously throughout your day. Click here to learn more. For today’s prompt, write a poem that responds (or somehow communicates) with another poem. You can respond to any poem. If you’re having trouble...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

Until last week, it had been since before Thanksgiving that I’d submitted poems anywhere. I’d received more than 10 rejections in that time, and well, I’m human–so I was a little down. Decided to submit some poems this month and over the weekend received an acceptance of not one but five poems all at...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

How are we already just one day away from the big 2-0 for the month? Where does the time go? Hope everyone’s having as productive a month as I am. For today’s prompt, take on one (or both) of the following prompts: Write a cool poem. Or… Write a uncool poem. ***** Publish Your...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

Another Monday, eh? For some, Mondays equate to “back to the office” day. For today’s prompt, write an office poem. Maybe this is related to your work, but maybe this is a poem at a dentist’s office, doctor’s office, bank office, office in a car factory, or some other type of office. ***** Publish...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

Today is International Haiku Poetry Day! Click here to check out a post from The Haiku Foundation. So guess what we’re doing today? For today’s prompt, write a haiku. Simple as that. Or well, if you’d prefer, write a poem about haiku; I’ve done this before. So that’s an option too; or write about...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

For today’s prompt, write a poem about (or at) a food establishment. You could pick on a chain like Taco Bell or McDonald’s, sure, but maybe there’s a local favorite–or some special dive. Heck, maybe that place where you took your first date or got your first job. Have fun with it, and if...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Somehow, we’ve already Bon Jovi’d our way to the half-way there mark of this challenge. Let’s make it the rest of the way home. For today’s prompt, write a poem with at least four of the following eight words: flat ring lavish vessel paper blacklist gaudy tooth Of course, ambitious poets will immediately try...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

One more time, because I don’t have anything new to say today: If you haven’t yet, check out the new and improved National Poetry Month Collection, a super-loaded (and heavily discounted) bundle of poetry products. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, write a time out poem. There are moments in my life that I...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

If you haven’t yet, check out the new and improved National Poetry Month Collection, a super-loaded (and heavily discounted) bundle of poetry products. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Last (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Two-for-Tuesday day! For today’s prompt, take on one (or both) of the following prompts: Write a serious poem. Or… Write a silly poem. ***** Publish Your Poetry! The 2016 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including listings for poetry publications, publishers, contests, and more! With names, contact information,...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Sometimes you just have to say it: I’m having a Monday. They happen. Once every seven days. Let’s poem anyway. For today’s prompt, write a defensive poem. The first thing that springs to my mind is getting defensive about an accusation, which may or may not be true. The next thing I think about...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

Wow! Day 10 already! I don’t know how to feel about being one-third of the way through this challenge already. If only there were a prompt for getting to the bottom of that… For today’s prompt, pick an emotion, make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Today I’m going to be speaking about poetry at a conference in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Topics covered include revision (or as I like to say, “re-creation”) and platform (or “finding more readers for poetry”). If you’ll be at this event, please say hi today. If not, hope to see you at an event in...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

I hope the poems are coming easy for you this month. I know from experience that some days are easier than others and that if I just show up I never know what will happen: good or bad. For today’s prompt, write a doodle poem. In my mind, I’m thinking of how I like...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

Here we are: One week into the 2016 April PAD Challenge! I’m excited; how about you? It’s been a quick week, but I’m happy with some of what I’ve wrote so far. Hopefully, it’ll keep up throughout the month. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Urban (blank),” replace the blank with a word or...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

Believe it or not, we’ll be 20% of the way through this challenge after today’s poem. It amazes me how quick the month flies by every year. For today’s prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. An ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired by art. You can pick your own favorite piece of art if you...