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!

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...

Bowery Poetry Club: Poetry Spotlight

Last week, I highlighted Poetry Slam Inc., in an attempt to share some slam poetry. This week that continues as I spotlight the Bowery Poetry Club. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: Poetry Spotlight Idea. ***** Order the Poet’s...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 399

For today’s prompt, write a betrayal poem. Many people may be able to conjure up several moments when one person betrayed another–both in real life and fiction. But sometimes our bodies betray us, our words betray us, and well, sometimes we sabotage (or betray) ourselves. ***** Order the Current Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s...

Why I Write Poetry: J.lynn Sheridan

A couple 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 J.lynn Sheridan. J.lynn Sheridan writes in the...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Curtal Sonnet

I should be able to share some recent challenge winners soon, but there’s no reason we can’t jump into the next WD Poetic Form Challenge–this time for the curtal sonnet! Find the rules for writing curtal sonnets here. Just when you think it’s safe to assume all sonnets have 14 lines along comes the...

Poetry Slam Inc: Poetry Spotlight

One of the great strengths of poetry is its diversity, but I admit that I don’t give quite enough attention to slam poetry. That changes today as I spotlight Poetry Slam Inc. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: Poetry...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 398

For today’s prompt, write a bug poem. My first thought was bug in the sense of an insect, but there are other meanings as well. For instance, spies may bug a room with small microphones. Or one person may bug (or annoy) another person by not touching them while just barely not touching them....

Why I Write Poetry: Nurit Israeli

Last week, 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 several, and I hope they keep coming in. Thank you! Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Nurit Israeli. Nurit Israeli holds a doctorate in psychology from...

Huitain: Poetic Form

Recently, I covered ae freislighe, after neglecting Irish forms a bit too long. This time around, I’m getting back to my French form roots with the huitain! Huitain Poems If you know me, you know I love the French poetic forms. The huitain is actually a derivative of the French ballade. In fact, it...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 397

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Land of (blank);” replace the blank with a word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Land of Milk and Honey,” “Land of a Thousand Words,” “Land of Forgotten Heroes,” and/or “Land of One Million Doughnuts.”...

Why I Write Poetry: Robert Lee Brewer

Recently, I got to thinking about the types of answers I like to hear in poet interviews and one that I always love is along the lines of “Why I Write Poetry.” As a result, I thought it’d be cool to start up a guest post series on just that topic. Sooo…if you’d like...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 396

For today’s prompt, write a historical persona poem. This means to write a poem in the voice of someone from history. Could be ancient history or somewhat recent history, but it shouldn’t be the future (though I suppose you could write one of those for extra credit). Not a requirement, but consider using the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 395

For today’s prompt, write a snap judgment poem. Some decisions (many decisions) are made without much thought; these are snap judgments. Sometimes these quick decisions lead to good outcomes; sometimes bad; but we all make them for big reasons and small. ***** Order the Current Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert...