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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Press 53 (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935708902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935708902
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,445,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've "known" Robert Lee Brewer now for five years through his blog, Poetic Asides. He's challenged many poets to write more, and he has helped just as many (myself included), come into their own, poetically. So it's no surprise to me that his collection shows great growth as a poet, as well as a deep understanding of the human spirit and journey.

These poems will take you through love, loss, inside your soul, and out into the world (and maybe, just maybe, help solve all the problems...). My favorite three poems are "buried alive," "watching the ice melt," and "dream."

If you like poetry, get this collection. You will thank yourself.

If you don't like poetry, get this collection, it will help you see how beautiful poetry can be.

(My only note would be, if you are like me and hate lines out of context and spoilers, skip the introduction...)
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This is the best book of poems I have read in two years but I can only give it four and a half stars because there were a few too many fluff poems that dilute the quality and consistency of the work. Based on the book's title, I was expecting a collection of social and political poems. Although it lacked much if any of those, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a collection of well-crafted love poems. They are not all love poems, but in my opinion the love poems make the collection. There were about ten in particular that took my breath away, but I am reluctant to name them because I want others to choose their own favorites without prejudice. This was a great read.
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As I read Solving the World's Problems, I kept wishing I didn't feel such an emotional response. I thought it would be a good before-bedtime book of poetry. Trust me, that was not the case for the first reading.
I go over and over in my mind the words, lines, and stanzas. They transport me to a place and time in Robert's poetry, and then an instance in my life when I felt the same way. I saw those fireflies, too! (Does that mean I'm cheating on my husband?)
Each poem is a small bomb that sets off an explosion and I see by that light.
I appreciate that the author lets you feel the all the emotions, but lets you see the hope and rebirth our lives hold.
One of the best things about the book is that it is dedicated to me. Honestly, take a look. That is me! Those three words made me sit up to see what he had to say, even before I knew what a powerful force his words would be.
Thank you, Robert Lee Brewer, for being a writer.
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Solving the World’s Problems by Robert Lee Brewer is the debut collection of a poet who has spurred inspiration virtually for many years as part of the Writer’s Digest team, and as a debut, it oozes deconstruction, construction, and reflection in each poem’s white spaces in ways that are thought-provoking and eye-opening. There are love poems, break-up poems, and get back together poems, but the overwhelming theme seems to be that love is the great connector of us all — no matter how successful the relationships ultimately are — and the poet seems to postulate that love can “solve the world’s problems.” While some of these poems have a pessimistic hint in them, they are balanced with a certain amount of light.

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Robert Lee Brewer is a poetic rock star in my world. I realize (unashamedly) that sounds very teenage-ish. So be it.

"Solving the World's Problems" captures the eclectic nature of this earth and those of us who inhabit it. It is not light reading, though light is scattered about. It is not dark, though there are ominous shadows that give me pause. I have to admit there are poems / phrases / points I had to read several times before the "ah-ha" moment clicked for me. And you know what? That's poetry.

Robert writes with intelligence, experience, and insight. His book makes me dig, and think, and feel, and experience with him. I can't say how many times I will read cover-to-cover, but I've had the book only a few days, and there are portions I've read at least half-a-dozen times -- and will probably read over and over through the coming decades.
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I took my time reading Solving the World's Problems, like eating only one mini-candy bar a day, so I could enjoy it and thoroughly taste it. The title is so appropriate. The problems are large, small, and about topics we don't often speak of, but they are relatable to Everyman. Very pleasant read. Nicely done, Robert.
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This collection grabbed me with the first poem, "matters of great importance." If only we make the right connections, could we really solve he world's problems? Something to contemplate on a cold winter day when snowstorms are only one of the things that isolate us.
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