Poet Showcase: Robert Lee Brewer

Name: Robert Lee Brewer
Location:
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.

“Delivery”

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.