So many great things to say about Robert Lee Brewer, so little time. In addition to being a Senior Content Editor for the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, he also writes and curates poetry, speaks on writing and publishing topics, volunteers as a den leader and room mom, says please and thank you, tries to look for the good in everyone, and so much more.
Basically, he tries to do his best, and he’s received a bit of praise over the years as a result.
Praise for Robert:
“I have a poet crush on Robert Lee Brewer.”
-O, The Oprah Magazine (specifically, Samantha Reynolds)
“Robert Lee Brewer is a poetic rock star in my world. I realize (unashamedly) that sounds very teenage-ish. So be it.”
-Marie Elena Good
Praise for Solving the World’s Problems:
Selected as one of the Best Books of 2013 by Savvy Verse & Wit
“The ‘world’ in Robert Lee Brewer’s Solving the World’s Problems is a slippery world … The poems are brim-full of surprises and delights, twists in language, double-meanings of words, leaps of thought and imagination, interesting line-breaks. There are love and relationship poems, dream poems, poems of life in the modern world. And always the sense (as he writes) of ‘pulling the world closer to me / leaves falling to the ground / birds flying south.’ I read these once, twice with great enjoyment. I will go back to them often.”
-Patricia Fargnoli, former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire and author of Then, Something
“These poems illustrate the vitality of poetry in our daily lives. Diverse, refreshing, even at times startling, these poems make bold claims for poetry. Robert Lee Brewer confesses that like all poets he wants ‘to say something important … to write the poem / that inspires other people / to build chairs and / drive trucks and write poems.’ Brewer knows how important the reflexive act of writing poetry can be, should be, and often is in our daily attempts to solve the world’s problems.”
-Scott Owens, author of Something Knows the Moment
“Rather than solving the world’s problems, this collection turns them to the sun like a prism–casting bright and spare images of humanity in flux. ‘We spill ourselves all over ourselves,’ one poem observes, ‘our excess light / our forgiving natures.’ Compassionate, challenging, and filled with slinky swerves of phrase, these poems refresh how we look at our daily lives.”
-Sandra Beasley, author of I Was the Jukebox
Reviews for Solving the World’s Problems:
- Wild Goose Poetry Review, by Douglas McHargue.
- Savvy Verse & Wit, by Serena Augusto-Cox.
- Pirene’s Fountain, by Elizabeth Nichols and Royce Hamel.