Miracle Grows

Constance/ May 15, 2018/ Essay, Uncategorized/ 1 comments

I am an accidental gardener. I don’t really make plans, I just go with the flow. A few years ago when I tried doing a square foot garden, it made me uncomfortable. I was happy when the plants ran wild and didn’t stay in their allotted space. Except the tomatoes, they were very orderly. No one budged outside their square. Of course they were scrawny and puny, so that helped. The hazards of growing tomatoes in Wyoming.

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It’s Drafty in Here

Constance/ May 1, 2018/ National Poetry Month, Writing/ 1 comments

And so National Poetry Month winds to a close. How did your month go? Did you accomplish all you wished? I have an awful lot of poem starts, one to four lines of the beginning of a poem. I found I work quite effectively this way, getting the idea down then coming back at a calmer time to flesh it out. I used to believe you had to write an entire draft of a poem in one

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Prior Planning Prevents Messy Results

Constance/ April 19, 2018/ Weaving/ 1 comments

I haven’t done any weaving in a while, in months, really. When I got out my loom there was an unfinished project on it. I settled in to polish it off, not remembering much about the yarn except it was yak, and very thin. Several warp string breaks later I swore to never try THAT again. I managed to finish the project with much grumbling and get it off the loom. As I got ready to warp

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Welcome to National Poetry Month

Constance/ April 3, 2018/ Gyroscope Review, National Poetry Month

It’s April, time for Poetry everywhere! To kick off your poetry month, we have a brand new issue of Gyroscope Review. This is our Third Anniversary, so naturally this is the Annoversary Issue – with a special theme of Threes. Our Spring 2018 issue is the largest single issue we’ve ever produced. We are pretty proud of this big fat issue. You can purchase a print copy HERE, a Kindle version HERE, or find a free PDF

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Listen Up – Poet’s Edition

Constance/ March 11, 2018/ Poetry Reading

Listen Up – Poet’s Edition There’s lot’s of great poetry readings on YouTube. Not only do you get to hear poets read their own work, but you can see how it’s done when it’s your turn to get up in front of the crowd.

Wallbangers

Constance/ February 25, 2018/ Reading

I’m in my winter reading phase, where all my free time is spent reading either fantasy novels or other types of fiction. I used to read every novel from beginning to end, no matter how pathetic the plot. As I got older, I got less patient. Some books turned into what I termed ‘Wallbangers”. Ever read a book where the main character was too stupid to live? But somehow bumbled his/her way through the novel saved by

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When I Want Your Advice I’ll Research It

Constance/ February 11, 2018/ Writing

A drawback to being a writer is having way too many how-to writing books. As if the books could impart a template that would enable you to sail forth and write prodigiously. The smarter books call themselves simply, ‘Guides”. The ones I give side eye to are the ones that proclaim they are, “The Ultimate Guide”. I’m not sure anything is the ultimate guide to writing. Part of the problem is people are different. How many times

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New Gyroscope Review Winter 2018 Edition Available

Constance/ January 15, 2018/ Gyroscope Review

The first issue of 2018 of Gyroscope Review is now available, featuring a hand drawn cover done by me, Constance Brewer. Pen and ink drawings that were popped into the computer for some touch up and a few groundhog hole details. The Gyroscope groundhog wants you to go forth and protest for what you believe in, or at least come up for air and see what’s going on around you. Take part, a little or a lot.

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Welcome to the New Site

Constance/ January 1, 2018/ New and Improved

Hi, welcome to the new and hopefully improved home site of Constance Brewer, Poet and Writer. I tried to give guests an overall feel for my writing without going into excruciating detail. Some poetry, some fiction (mainly short stories). There is also a page on my nonfiction work, mostly editing, but also a list of essays I’ve written over the years on writing, posted on my blog Life on the Periphery  or on the poetry journal I

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Rebuilding

Constance/ August 29, 2017/ Uncategorized

Hi, welcome to the new version of Constance Brewer’s webpage, The Periphery. Here you will find information about me, writer Constance Brewer, as well as a list of publications and excerpts of my writing. Look around, enjoy some poems, fiction, nonfiction—and contact me if you have something you want to chat about. Looking forward to hearing from you.