Poetry Hickory Makes Poetry Asides

Robert Lee Brewer turned his recent visit to Poetry Hickory into a poem and a poetry prompt in his blog “Poetic Asides.”   You can follow Robert’s writings about poetry and pick up ideas for your own writing at writersdigest.com.

Here is a link to the Hickory post where you can read dozens of poems already written from this prompt:  http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/poetry-prompts/wednesday-poetry-prompts-179

And here is Robert’s post:

Last night, I had the honor of leading a workshop and then reading poetry in Hickory, North Carolina, as part of Scott Owens’ Poetry Hickory reading series. Tammy read her poetry too. It was great to finally meet Jane Shlensky, Nancy Posey, Helen Losse, Jessie Carty, and other PA readers face to face.

For today’s prompt, write a poem about meeting someone. It could be a first time meeting, a routine meeting, or a reunion after a long time apart.

Here’s my attempt:


Sometimes a kitchen is the best place to discuss
how to find new readers. Let the coffee drinkers
drink their lattes and eat their muffins–unaware
we’re making elaborate plans to sell books filled
with line breaks, metaphors, and traditional forms.
How long we’ve worked out how to turn phrases and find
the correct word to describe this desire: to share
and be shared, to inspire and be inspired. After
we finish in the kitchen, our poetic plans
tucked deep in our pockets and purses, we get back
to what feels the most natural. We read poems,
share stories, and fall into our human natures.


Robert also wrote about his visit in his personal blog “My Name Is Not Bob.”  Here is a link to that:  http://robertleebrewer.blogspot.com/2012/06/poetry-hickory-my-experience-in-hickory.html


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