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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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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 289

Quick note: If you’re searching for a gift for a writer friend or family member, consider giving the gift of a subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine. Click here for details. For today’s prompt, write a high poem. Now, I know the word “high” is a loaded one–so take it where you may. There are...

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Find More Readers and Success With Your Poetry

Writing poetry for the sake of writing poetry is a worthwhile pursuit, but poets who wish to build an audience for their poetry will benefit from Find More Readers and Success With Your Poetry, an hour-long live webinar on finding more readers and success with their poetry. This session will share lessons learned first...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 288

For today’s prompt, write a false poem. Emily Dickinson once wrote, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” That’s good advice, but these poems should descend with falsifying the intent. False documents, false names, false teeth, the balance of true or false, and so on. A revision to Dickinson, “Tell all the truth...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Okay, here are the next steps for this challenge. Before you dive into them, click here to read the original guidelines for the challenge. Step One: Write the Poems We accomplished this step during the month of November. We have 30 prompts to prove it. Step Two: Revise the Poems This step is optional,...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 287

Time to get back into the swing of the Wednesday Poetry Prompts. I’m sorry for the late prompt this week; I ran into some technical difficulties, which actually influenced this week’s prompt. For this week’s prompt, write a difficulties poem. The poem could be about technical difficulties, or perhaps, financial difficulties, health difficulties, or...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Here we are: The final day of the challenge. Well, the first draft part of it anyway. While veterans know what to do and the guidelines give a clue, I’ll post tomorrow on next steps for completing this challenge. For today’s prompt, write an inevitable poem. The poem that always had to be, or...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Tomorrow is the final day of the challenge. So let’s make these last couple days count. For today’s prompt, write a do it again poem. This could be a poem about taking a mulligan or re-doing a mistake. Or maybe re-doing a magical moment. Or a poem for all those folks who like to...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

Four weeks in and only three days left. Boy, time flies! For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) News,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles include: “Good News,” “Bad News,” “Daily News,” and “Old News.” *****...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m going to run a 5-mile race this morning before settling in for some food, football, and family. For today’s prompt, write an appreciative poem. ***** Get your poetry published! Learn how to get your poetry published with the premiere book on publishing your poetry: the 2015 Poet’s Market, edited by the...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write a same poem. I guess it could be the same old poem, but it could be a completely different poem that looks at a person or thing or system that is still the same. Or maybe a poem about how all people are the same. Or take the “same” concept...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, you have two options: Write a love poem. Write an anti-love poem. ***** Get your poetry published! Learn how to get your poetry published with the premiere book on publishing your poetry: the 2015 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer. This essential resource includes hundreds of listings for book publishers,...

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “I’ll Be (blank),” replace the blank with a new word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “I’ll Be Back,” “I’ll Be Late for Dinner,” and “I’ll Be a Monkey’s Uncle.” ***** Get your poetry published!...

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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...