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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!

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, write an alone poem. Some people covet “alone time.” Others prefer not to be left alone. Many like a certain balance. But this doesn’t have to just be about people. Maybe a forest wishes to be left alone, or there is a product left alone on a store shelf (how the...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, write a release poem. Maybe somebody’s being released from prison or a contract. Maybe a person is signing a release form. There’s emotional and physical release. Animals capturing and releasing other animals. Trees releasing leaves in autumn. And so on. ***** Get your poetry published! Learn how to get your poetry...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Erasure Poem

It is time for another poetic form challenge. This time, we’ll be doing erasures. Click here to discover what an erasure is. Since it’s a form that uses another piece of text as source material, I’m going to ask that all entries credit their source. Also, this is the one form in which I’ll...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

For today’s prompt, pick a direction on the compass, make it the title of your poem, and write that poem. North, South, West, and East are easy directions. Then, there’s Southwest, Northeast, and so on. Then, there are the directions that are completely invented. ***** Today Is Seriously Your Last Chance to Enter! Writer’s...

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Erasure and Blackout Poems: Poetic Forms

One form I’ve been meaning to get to for a while is the blackout poem and also the erasure poem. Both are sort of similar with the major difference being in presentation, I suppose. Or it’s kind of like rectangles and squares. You see, all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares....

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “I’ll Never (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the new poem. Possible titles include: “I’ll Never Write an Excuse Poem,” “I’ll Never Go to Disney World,” “I’ll Never Tell a Lie,” or “I’ll...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Terzanelle Winner

Thank you to everyone who submitted a terzanelle! This form was a fun read and tricky to decide upon a winner. My initial short list included 30 poems, but I cut it down to one winner and 10 finalists. This time around, that winner is Jane Shlensky for her poem “Food Chain,” which won...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

I’m not sure how November always gets away from me so fast. Maybe it’s the beginning of the Market Book cycle; maybe it’s this challenge; but November often seems to be nearly over before I get my bearings on the month. For today’s prompt, write an excuse poem. People are full of excuses–I’m no...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

It’s a Tuesday, which means we’ve got two prompts today: Write a sweet poem. Write a sour poem. ***** Running out of Time for a Chance at $1,000! Writer’s Digest has extended the deadline to their Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards competition to November 21. As you may have guessed from the bold statement above,...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

For today’s prompt, write an afflicted poem. Someone or something that is afflicted is someone or something that is in a troubled, injured, or humbled state. Or distressed to the point of constant suffering and anguish. In other words, the perfect poem for a Monday, right? ***** Running out of Time for a Chance...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

For today’s prompt, write an explanatory poem. Back when I took dozens of creative writing courses in college, the mantra was, “Show, don’t tell.” Well, today’s prompt is sort of different–in a way–in that it’s a tell poem, or explaining poem, though how and what you explain may vary a great deal. ***** Submit...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Holy (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. I like to think of this as the “Robin prompt” from the old Adam West Batman shows, because Robin would always make exclamations that...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

I know many have been able to post with no problems, but if you are having issues–because I’ve received a few reports–please send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com, and we’ll work to get it resolved. For today’s prompt, write a follow poem. In middle school, I remember running for student council and my campaign...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

For today’s prompt, write an optional poem. And no, that does not mean that writing a poem is optional today–I know a few of you were thinking it. No, no, no. No, I’m thinking of how some things in life are completely optional; in fact, most things are. So you have options for today’s...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

This week, cold has been sweeping across parts of North America. While the effects of the cold can be seen (whether it’s snow, frost, or puffs of breath), the cold itself is something that cannot be seen–only felt. Cue today’s prompt. For today’s prompt, write a poem for and/or about something that cannot be...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Today is a Tuesday–so “2 for Tuesday” prompt time. Here they are: Write a timely poem. Write a timeless poem. ***** Write the Poem That Wins $1,000! Writer’s Digest has extended the deadline to their Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards competition to November 21. As you may have guessed from the bold statement above, the...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

I don’t know why, but November always seems to move faster than every other month. Here we are on the 10th day of this challenge, and it feels like we just started. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Trouble,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

For today’s prompt, look to the news and write about something recently reported. It doesn’t have to be something today, but something in the past week or month would be ideal. There’s always good and bad things happening in the world, and poetry is a powerful way to document events. ***** Write a Poem...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

Sorry, early risers! I slept in a little this morning. For today’s prompt, write a blind poem. Three blind mice, blindfolded, “she blinded me with science,” “houston in the blind,” and so on. Maybe this is the one poem you try to write with your eyes closed. ***** Write a Poem for a Chance...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

For today’s prompt, write a compulsion poem. On Sundays in autumn, I often feel a compulsion to check how my fantasy football team is doing over and over again. When I was younger, I often felt a compulsion to play Tetris–something about stacking up all those lines. I still often feel compelled to break...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

Yesterday, I learned the theme was changing on the WritersDigest.com website. It’s not supposed to create any technical difficulties with posting or anything. However, if you run into problems, just send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com. Happy poeming! For today’s prompt, write a happy now poem. There are a few ways to come at...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Keep This (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: “Keep This a Secret,” “Keep This Letter,” “Keep This Moment,” or “Keep This Poem.” ***** Enter Your Poems for a...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

Thank you for continuing to rock this challenge! I approved many comments yesterday–so if you’ve been having issues with commenting, I hope they’re cleared up now. Today is our first Tuesday of the challenge, and I like to do a Two-for-Tuesday prompt on Tuesdays. You can write to the first prompt, the second prompt,...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Finish today, and you’ll be 10% through the challenge. That’s pretty significant, right? For today’s prompt, write a blanket poem. In my part of the country, we’ve had a recent cold spell and folks have been cuddling up under their blankets. In other places, they’ve even had to deal with a blanket of snow....

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

All right! One day down, bring on day two. For today’s prompt, write a together again poem. It’s one thing to split up; it’s something else to come back together again. Sometimes getting back together is a good thing; sometimes it’s a bad thing; and sometimes it’s just awkward. ***** Get your poetry published!...