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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!

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 307

A couple things before the prompt today: First, the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition has a June 5 deadline that’s coming up fast (learn more here). Second, Poetic Asides all stars Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey have teamed up to put together a face-to-face event in Hickory, North Carolina, for all interested Poetic Asides...

The Fall Face-to-Face in the Foothills

Meet the Poets of Poetic Asides

Recently, I was approached by Poetic Asides regulars Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey about the possibility of Tammy and I heading up to Hickory, North Carolina, for a special poetry event that would try to bring together many of the Poetic Asides poets who’ve toiled on the blog–some for years and others who are...

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Poetry: Monday Market Spotlight

It’s time to continue the Monday Market Spotlight series. This is the second post in the series; the first was on Rattle (click to read it here). This time around, I’m going to cover Poetry (the magazine, not the subject). Poetry: Monday Market Spotlight Poetry magazine is the self-proclaimed “oldest monthly devoted to verse...

Robert Lee Brewer

I Need an Agent for My Poetry

As some of you may have guessed, I get a lot of e-mail both at my professional and personal inboxes. I try to respond to as much as I can, but it’s occasionally an electronic tsunami that completely overwhelms me. So I was recently spring cleaning my inbox when I got an idea to...

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Write Poetry for a Chance at $5,000 Cash (and More)!

For more than 80 years, Writer’s Digest has put on an annual writing competition for up and coming writers in a variety of disciplines, including poetry. The Grand Prize winner receives $5,000 cash, a paid trip to the annual Writer’s Digest Conference, an interview in Writer’s Digest magazine, and so much more! There are...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 306

A few updates: First, Market Mondays will resume next week. I was excited by that new feature, but then my grandfather passed away later on the same day, which completely drained away my time and attention. Second, I’ve started receiving selections from the screening readers for the April PAD Challenge. For today’s prompt, write...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 305

April update (for those interested): Poems are off with the screening readers. For this week’s prompt, write a loss poem. If that doesn’t work for you, feel free to write a lost poem. Or write a lost poem filled with loss. Prompts are just sparks; the fire burns where it will. ***** Build an...

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Rattle: Monday Market Spotlight

I’m still kind of struggling through my “busy season” of the year, but I want to try out a few ideas over the next few weeks on this blog. One of them is to begin spotlighting a poetry market each Monday on the blog (a “Monday Market”–get it?). This week’s Monday Market is Rattle!...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 304

It’s been a month since our last Wednesday Poetry Prompt thanks to a super fun April! For those new to the Wednesday Poetry Prompts, the prompts are posted on Wednesday, but folks share poems, comments, and more throughout the week. It’s a much more laid back version of the poem-a-day challenge. (Also, for screening...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, “What a poetry challenge!” Here are some numbers for 2015: 30 days 34 prompts (including 4 “Two for Tuesday” prompts) 26,000+ comments (and counting) 30 guest judges 1 incredible month! So, what’s next? First off, there’s a lot of poetry and poeming that happens around...

Jessie Carty

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Today is always the most bittersweet day of the challenge. Sweet because we’ve made it through 30 days! Bitter because it’s day 30–the final day of the challenge. Tomorrow, I’ll share a next steps post on what to expect as far as results and such. Also, just a heads up that I’ll be busy...

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The Best Deal for Poets Ever!

Some of you may have noticed the recent promotions for the National Poetry Month Collection, and I just wanted to take a moment to highlight it. Because it really is the best deal for poets that Writer’s Digest has ever offered! First off, it includes the 2015 Poet’s Market, edited by yours truly, and...

Marge Piercy

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

I’ve had a few people ask if it’s OK to play catch up on prompts, and yes, it’s totally great. In fact, today is an optimal day to play catch up. For today’s prompt, write a what nobody knows poem. It’s easy to write a poem about what everybody already knows, though it may...

Eduardo C. Corral (photo by JW Stovall)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

On April 30, an online poetry workshop course will be starting up at Writer’s Digest University: Advanced Poetry Writing. Don’t let the name fool you; the course is for all levels and offers six weeks of poetry and critiques with a poetry mentor. Click to continue. Here’s the final “Two for Tuesday” prompt of...

Okla Elliott

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Wow! After today’s poem, we’re looking at three days left. That’s just crazy. For today’s prompt, write a looking back poem. Of course, some people just glance over their shoulders, and others stop and turn all the way around. Some look back in time and weigh their successes and failures, evaluate things they could...

Hélène Cardona

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Every day brings joy and pain, at least that’s what my Facebook feed would have me believe. Every day, I see stories of people helping each other and harming each other. Every day, I see surprises that improve lives and surprises that completely shatter lives. Every day, babies are born, people die, and some...

Todd Swift

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

What an exciting month! One thing I tried to do this year was involve a few international judges, since we have participants from around the world. Today’s guest judge is definitely one of those: He’s from Canada, based in London, and today is in Paris. But really, every judge–whether here or there–is worth checking...

Matt Rasmussen

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

If you were to use one word to describe your April this year, what would it be? For me, I’d probably select whirlwind. I always come into the month expecting it to last forever, but it rushes by faster than I can imagine–and I’ve been through a few now. Anyway, play along or not–thought...

Kathryn Stripling Byer

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

Believe it or not, we only have a week left of poeming after today’s prompt. Let’s make it the best week of the month! For today’s prompt, write a historic poem. It could be a poem about a landmark event, specific battle, an era in time, or whatever you consider a historic happening. *****...

Justin Marks

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

Way to go, everyone! I know it’s impossible to comment on everyone’s poem during this challenge, but remember that a few kind words here and there can help your fellow poets keep at it during this final week or so of the challenge. Keep at poeming! For today’s prompt, write a nature poem. For...

J.P. Dancing Bear

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

Today marks three weeks into the challenge! If you’re still on board, great job! Let’s kick this month’s butt as we move into the single digits for days left in this challenge. For today’s prompt, we’re dealing with our third “Two for Tuesday” prompt(s): Write a “what you are” poem, or… Write a “what...

Megan Volpert

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

This challenge has been and will continue to be great, but I want to make everyone aware of a contest deadline that just around the corner for the Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. The deadline is May 4, and one grand prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash, an interview in Writer’s Digest magazine,...

Dorianne Laux (photo by John Campbell)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

I have to admit: I was more than a little worried about yesterday’s poem. But it looks like most people survived it. In fact, there were some incredibly tight pieces that emerged yesterday. Let’s keep it rolling today. For today’s prompt, write an authority poem. Maybe you are an authority on something or know...

Christian Bök

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

I’m not going to sugar coat it; today’s prompt is a little different. But hey, different can sometimes be good, right? (Crickets.) For today’s prompt, pick 2 vowels and write a poem using words that only contain one or both of those vowels. For instance, write a poem with words that only have a...

Todd Boss

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

I’ve heard from a couple people about a problem with commenting on other poems. I’m forwarding to our tech team in the hopes of getting the issue resolved, because I know everyone can use as much positive reinforcement as possible. Let me say this generally though; the poems I’ve been reading this year have...