Poet Showcase: Robert Lee Brewer

Name: Robert Lee Brewer
Duluth, Georgia

Blogs: My Name is Not Bob and Poetic Asides

How do you know Cara?  I know Cara mainly through her participation with the Poetic Asides group on WritersDigest.com. We’re also Facebook friends, so I keep up with her that way as well.

How long have you been writing poetry? Around 20 years now, I guess, though I still feel like a beginner.

What kind of poetry do you write? I’m not affiliated with any one school or style. For me, the beauty of poetry is its diversity, and I love poking around in all of poetry’s nooks and crannies. Some of my poems try to describe a moment or a scene; other poems are just obvious attempts at playing with words and sounds.

Please share a poem:

Here’s a poem I wrote last year for a poetry reading that was received well, so I’ll probably use it again in the future.


This poem is mostly flawed.
For one, I didn’t count the syllables,
but also, it’s not particularly inspired.
At least, that’s what I’ve been told.
If I were a better speaker, I might
be able to hide its flaws in my delivery,
but I’m probably more flawed than this poem.
For instance, I’m a liar.
I snuck into this poem after hours
and measured the lines.
Words were cut.
I transplanted a perfectly healthy metaphor
into the rib cage of a younger poem,
one with a little more promise.
Believe me, I did what I could for this poem,
because I brought it into this world,
but at the end of the day, it’s not much–
just another part of me exposed to the world
that didn’t live up to its full potential.

Poet Showcase: Julie Warther

Name: Julie Warther
Dover, Ohio

How do you know Cara? I met Cara at HNA in Seattle last August.  We both attended Garry Gay’s rengay workshop and have been rengaying ever since.

How long have you been writing poetry? I’ve been writing poetry for about four years.

What kind of poetry do you write?   Originally children’s poetry but now almost exclusively haiku.

Please share a poem:

trapped beneath a paw
frees the fly

– Haiku on the Cat, Violet Press, 2012

fly ball
a sparrow catches
the outfielder’s eye

– Berry Blue Haiku, March 2011

at first not seeing
the finch
the forsythia

– Mu, Issue II

Poet Showcase: Meena Rose

Name: Meena Rose
Portland, Oregon

Blog: Through the Eyes of Meena Rose

How do you know Cara? I met Cara through the Writer’s Mill; a local writing group that meets at the Cedar Mill Community Library

How long have you been writing poetry?  I started writing poetry in 2009 as result of the encouragement of two poets I knew from the Writer’s Retreat hosted by the Institute of Children’s Literature.

What kind of poetry do you write? While I have experimented with various poetic forms, I find myself enjoying the freedom that comes with free form poetry. They do say “write what you know”, so you will see certain themes with my writing such as reflective and spiritual writing relating to events in my life and my continued personal journey, creative writing relating to Ancients and a bygone time, and various responses to the many poetic prompts and challenges out there.

Please share a poem:

Hidden Treasures

By: Meena Rose

A glimmer at the edge
Of my vision,
A shimmer of the real

A scent of Jasmine tickles
My nose,
A hint of a far off

A lone harp plays within range of
My ears,
A tone of the heavenly

A welcome sweetness erupts within
My mouth,
A wholesome taste of

A gentle breath upon
My neck,
A subtle touch of

Where am I, I wonder
The glare of the sun
Blinding me.

Dumuzi, my consort,
It is me, Innana.
Your Goddess,
Your lover.

I am trapped
Within this mortal.
It is still me;
I need you, Love, to strengthen me.

Release me; free me;

I blink and look around
Startled that I am in
Rush hour traffic.

Covered in sweat,
Heart pounding
Chest heaving.

What just happened

To me?

Share a Poem

Okay, if you missed the opportunity to share a poem for National Haiku Poetry Day, never fear! April 26 has been designated national Poem in your Pocket Day.

From now, until the end of the day on April 26, I will be collecting links (not the poem itself!), to a poem you’d like to share. This may be a poem that you’ve published in an online journal, a poem published on your own personal blog, or a favorite poem that can be found online. Just one please. 🙂

Leave the link and the name of the poem  in the comments below, and on April 26th, I will put together the post. For haiku, you may use the first line as the title.



summer butterfly



(I will hyperlink them nicely for the actual post.)