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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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 369

For today’s prompt, write a pattern poem. Yes, this is based off today’s prompt number: 3-6-9; the next number would be 12, right? So yeah, there are number patterns, but also patterns in how people act and re-act to situations, patterns in animal behavior, and even weather patterns (I’m sure my meteorologist/storm chasing brother...

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Diminishing Verse: Poetic Form

Here’s a fun form: Diminishing Verse! Diminishing Verse Poems Diminishing verse offers no origin and very few rules, but I enjoyed writing my example below. In fact, the main rule is this: Remove the first letter of end word in previous line. For example: Line 1 ends with the word “grad” And line 2...

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2018 Poet’s Market: Call for Submissions

It’s that time of year again. The new 2017 Poet’s Market is hitting bookshelves, which means it’s time for me to start figuring out the 2018 Poet’s Market–and I need your help! Running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 31, 2016, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the 2018 Poet’s Market....

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 368

For today’s prompt, write a poem using at least 3 of the following 6 words: ghost crack free hand check know If you want to use any of these words within a larger word, that’s totally fine. For instance, ghostwriter, cracked, freedom, handle, checked, knowledge, etc. If you can use all six (as I’m...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 367

For today’s prompt, write a struggle poem. Many people struggle with many things–work, finances, addiction, relationships, and even finding the time to write poems. But there are also cultural struggles, animal struggles, and even plant struggles (Ever watch a documentary on the struggle between vines and trees? Fascinating stuff). Pick a struggle and write...

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Landay: Poetic Form

Let’s keep the poetic forms rolling this week with the landay, which is a form that may have existed for thousands of years–though I just discovered it recently. Landay Poems The landay is a variable length form based off a couplet, which means the poem could be as concise as two lines or run...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Byr a Thoddaid Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the Welsh 4-line poetic form, byr a thoddaid. As usual, many poems made the original cut before I was able to get it down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner. Read all the byr a thoddaid poems here. Here is...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 366

For today’s prompt, write a “plus one” poem. It could be a math poem. Or a poem about including a guest (or “plus one”). Or a poem about doing something just “one more time.” Or the new person in a group, new task at work, and so on and so forth. ***** Re-create Your...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 365

Today is a pretty big day on Poetic Asides and for the Wednesday Poetry Prompts series: It marks a year’s worth (365 days!) of prompts. Wow! Sooooo… For today’s prompt, write a “year in the life” poem. It could be a poem about something that takes a year to happen, a summary of a...

Amy MacLennan

Amy MacLennan: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming poet Amy MacLennan to the Poetic Asides blog! Amy MacLennan’s first full-length collection The Body, A Tree was published earlier this year by MoonPath Press. Her work has been published in Cimarron Review, Cloudbank, Connotation Press, Folio, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Linebreak, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pirene’s Fountain, Poet’s Market, Rattle,...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 364

For today’s prompt, write a “let the good times roll” poem. I’ll allow each poet to put the emPHAsis where they wish in that phrase. Focus on the “good times” or play around with the concept of “rolling.” However you roll, I’m cool with it. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haiku Sonnet

I’m hoping to announce the winners of the byr a thoddaid challenge next week, but in the meantime, let’s get started on the next challenge: writing the haiku sonnet! Find the rules for writing haiku sonnets here. It’s basically four haiku and a couplet comprised of 7-syllable lines. So start writing them and sharing...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 363

For today’s prompt, write a flight poem. So that could be a poem about flying, like riding on an airplane, hot air balloon, zeppelin, helicopter, umbrella, hippogriff, etc. Or there’s the whole “fight or flight” scenario. Or there’s the whole metaphor of “flying” through stuff. Fly through this poem however you see fit. *****...

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Publish Your Poetry With the 2017 Poet’s Market!

This is one of my favorite posts to do each year: to announce the updated edition of another Poet’s Market! Poet’s Market 2017 is the 30th edition in the annual series, and the 8th edition under my watch. As with all previous editions of Poet’s Market, my goal was pretty simple: Make this the...

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Dizain: Poetic Form

As you may have noticed, I’m making an attempt to start covering even more poetic forms than I’ve done up to this point on the blog. Instead of a new form every month or two, we’re going to start checking out a new form every week or two. Dizain Poems The dizain gets us...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 362

For today’s prompt, write a poem that captures a moment from a movie or book. You can include a hint in the title of the poem, let other readers know outright, or leave the poem as a standalone moment that some people will “get”–and that others just won’t. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t...

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Haiku Sonnet: Poetic Form

We’re getting close to open submissions season for many college-affiliated literary journals. I haven’t submitted much since early spring, but I did receive a few nice and personalized rejections–the kind that let me know I was super close…just not close enough. And so, it’s time to get back to sending my work out, but...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 361

For today’s prompt, write an uplifting poem. This could be a poem that lifts the soul, but also, I’ll take any poems about physically lifting people and things as well (sky lifts, lifting weights, lifting children, etc). If you can do both (or find another interpretation), I you’ll share it below. ***** Re-create Your...

Kristina Marie Darling

Kristina Marie Darling: Poet Interview

Believe it or not, it’s been more than a year since our last interview with Kristina Marie Darling, who I consider one of the hardest working poets in the world. For those who are new to her… Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over 20 books of poetry, most recently Dark Horse (C&R...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ovillejo Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the ovillejo. More than 30 poems made the original cut before I was able to get it down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner. Read all the ovillejo poems in the comments here. Here is the winner: Painting the Lake,...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Byr a Thoddaid

A new poetic form, a new challenge. Let’s take on the byr a thoddaid this time around. Find the rules for byr a thoddaid poems here. It can be as concise as four lines or go on for quite a time. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post)...

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Byr a Thoddaid: Poetic Form

I’m excited! This week, we sent the 2017 Poet’s Market to the printer! That means a couple things: First, you can pre-order a copy now (click to continue); Second, I’ve got the time to post more now, including a new form today, a new challenge tomorrow, and a lot more next week. Woo-hoo! Also,...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 360

For today’s prompt, pick a word–and only one word–you might use to get someone’s attention; make that word the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: “Hey,” “Stop,” “Fire,” “Surrender,” “Attention,” “Wait,” and so on. For our house, the word “bacon” often does the trick. ***** Re-create Your...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 359

For today’s prompt, write an uncontrollable poem. Originally, I was thinking of situations that happen in which no one has control–things like earthquakes, storms, and singing along to catchy songs. But then, there are so many other daily things in which many feel they have no control. Some may rage against that feeling; others...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 358

For today’s prompt, write a distance poem. The poem could be about the distance between two people or several objects. It could be about someone going the distance in an athletic event or adventure. Long distance phone calls, distant messages from beyond, and distant relatives–they’re all fair game. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t...