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2017 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

It’s that again–time to start prepping for the 10th annual April PAD Challenge. That’s right! How we’ve done it has changed, but one thing is for certain: We’ve been poeming daily in April for 10 years! In a little over a week, we’ll start meeting here every day to poem like it’s (Inter)National Poetry...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 389

Yesterday, I finally released the 2016 April PAD Challenge Results. Tomorrow, I’ll release the guidelines for the 2017 April PAD Challenge. But first, I know some people have been having trouble posting comments to the site. If you have (even if you’ve contacted me before), please contact me again at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with information about...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Results

Okay, long overdue, but here they are: the 2016 April PAD Challenge results post. We tried a new method of narrowing down the poems via e-mail submissions, and well, then we changed e-mail platforms. So reading the poems was not as smooth as I was hoping, but that’s okay. I did get through them...

Descort: Poetic Form

Recently, I shared 11 French poetic forms on the blog, but there are still many more to share, including today’s form: descort! Descort Poems The descort differentiates itself from other forms by differentiating its lines from other lines within the poem. That is, the main rule of descort poems is that each line needs...

Poetry@Tech: Poetry Spotlight

For this week’s poetry spotlight, I’m staying close to home with the Poetry@Tech program in Atlanta, Georgia (just down the road from where I live in Suwanee). 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...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 388

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “As (blank) as (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “As Good As It Gets,” “As Much As You’ll Give Me,” and “As Happy As a Puppy.” ***** Re-create...

Jaswinder Bolina: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Jaswinder Bolina to the Poetic Asides blog! Jaswinder Bolina is an American poet and essayist. He is the author of the chapbook The Tallest Building in America (Floating Wolf Quarterly) and the full-length collections Phantom Camera (winner of the 2012 Green Rose Prize in Poetry from New Issues Press)...

37 Common Poetry Terms

While I try to explain them as I go, I often drop common poetry terms on this blog in the course of describing poetic forms, during poet interviews, and more. So I’m going to share some common definitions in this post–most of them appear in the glossary of Poet’s Market (one more reason to...

Open Books: Poetry Spotlight

A month back, I posted on Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop in New York; this week, I’m going to focus on a poetry bookstore on the West Coast: Open Books! By the way, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people have sent my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: Poetry Spotlight...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 387

For today’s prompt, write a one poem. Not write one poem, though it’s totally fine to write one poem, but a poem that plays with the number one or concept of one. For instance, a poem about doing something one more (or less–or last) time; a poem about one person, one thing, one moment....

11 French Poetic Forms

Last week, I shared a list of 10 Japanese poetic forms that I’ve covered over the years. This week, I’m giving the same treatment to the French poetic forms. As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, I love the French forms, especially the rhymes and refrains. Click on each link below to learn...

Cywydd Llosgyrnog: Poetic Form

Just when you think we’ve uncovered every poetic form under the sun, we unearth another Welsh form–this time, cywydd llosgyrnog. Cywydd Llosgyrnog Poems Besides the spelling of the name, a poet can figure out this is a Welsh form pretty quick because it’s a syllabic-based form with internal rhymes. Here’s the structure of this...

Poetry Hickory: Poetry Spotlight

For this week’s poetry spotlight, we’re going to go off the beaten path a bit and focus on Scott Owens’ monthly Poetry Hickory events. 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 New Poet’s Market!...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 386

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Good (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles might include: “Good Morning,” “Good Evening,” “Good Bye,” “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” and so on. I hope you have a “good time”...

10 Japanese Poetic Forms

I’ve been covering poetic forms on this blog for nearly 10 years now. To celebrate, I’ve collected 10 Japanese poetic forms below. While poetry in general is known for concision of language, there’s little argument that Japanese forms take concision to extremes. Click on each link to learn how. ***** Master Poetic Forms! Learn...

Mondo: Poetic Form

Some folks may remember me covering katauta (and sedoka) poems last December. Today’s poetic form mondo is a close relative of those forms. Mondo Poems Mondo poems are often very brief collaborative affairs that present a question and answer in the style of trying to glean meaning from nature. Mondos can be as short...

New Literary Agent Alert: Justin Wells of Corvisiero Literary

Justin is looking to represent middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult novels. For middle grade, he is actively seeking fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, adventure, and historical fiction. In young adult, he is seeking fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, adventure, historical fiction, contemporary, and dystopian. For new adult, he is seeking fantasy, contemporary romance,...

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Austin International Poetry Festival: Poetry Spotlight

This week’s poetry spotlight shines on a super fun week of poetry that happens in the heart of Texas each year: the Austin International Poetry Festival, or AIPF. 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...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 385

For today’s prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. That is a poem based on a piece of visual art–a painting, a photograph, a sculpture. Your choice. If you have something in mind already, go with it. If not, here are a few images to get you started. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to...

Seguidilla: Poetic Form

I’m a big fan of French forms, but there’s something special about the Spanish forms I find from time to time. That includes this week’s form: seguidilla. Seguidilla Poems Seguidilla is one of those poetic forms that started off as a song before eventually settling on an established poetic form. Specifically, seguidilla began as...

New Literary Agent Alert: Amanda Ayers Barnett of Donaghy Literary

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Amanda Ayers Barnett of Donaghy Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Amanda: Amanda began her publishing career 20 years ago, fresh out of Middlebury College and the Radcliffe Publishing Course. She has worn...

John Sibley Williams: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming John Sibley Williams to the Poetic Asides blog! John Sibley Williams is the editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies and the author of nine collections, including Disinheritance and Controlled Hallucinations. A seven-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review...

National Endowment for the Arts: Poetry Spotlight

We’ve been looking at physical locations recently for the poetry spotlight, including Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop and the Hugo House. But this week, let’s spotlight an organization: the National Endowment for the Arts. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line:...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 384

For today’s prompt, write a nope poem. A nope poem, I suppose, could be about saying no to a certain situation, person, or thing. Like saying nope to live concerts, people who like debating everything, or mushrooms. Or if you say nope to that premise, fine. Write your nope poem in the way you...