The Dharma of Poetry

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The Dharma of Poetry is a warm invitation to explore the beauty of our own lives, retrieving a sense of wonder and mystery as we navigate both the immediate and the timeless. John Brehm has done a masterful job in reminding us of the power of our own poetic sensibilities.” —Joseph Goldstein, author of The Experience of Insight, A Heart Full of Peace, and Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

“I learned so much about harvesting more of the depth and breadth of poems from John Brehm’s sensitive understanding of poetry. I now have new ways to read and receive the refinements of Dharma wisdom in a poem, and am so grateful.”—Kamala Masters, guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society


How Poems Can Deepen Your Spiritual Practice and Open You to Joy

John Brehm

In The Dharma of Poetry, John Brehm shows how poems can open up new ways of thinking, feeling, and being in the world. Brehm demonstrates the practice of mindfully entering a poem, with an alertness, curiosity, and open-hearted responsiveness very much like the attention we cultivate in meditation. Complete with poetry-related meditations and writing prompts, this collection of lively, elegantly written essays can be read as a standalone book or as a companion to the author’s acclaimed anthology The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 184 pages, 4.5 x 6.5 inches
  • $15.95
  • ISBN 9781614297208
  • ebook
  • 184 pages
  • $10.99
  • ISBN 9781614297345
about the author
The Dharma of Poetry

John Brehm is the author of four books of poems, Sea of FaithHelp Is On the Way, No Day at the Beach, and Dharma Talk. He has also published a book of essays, The Dharma of Poetry: How Poems Can Deepen Your Spiritual Practice and Open You to Joy, which is a companion to his  bestselling anthology, The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy. His poems have appeared in PoetryPloughshares, The Southern ReviewNew Ohio ReviewThe SunThe Gettysburg Review, The Writer’s Almanac, The Norton Introduction to Literature, Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Other books by John Brehm:
The Poetry of Grief, Gratitude, and Reverence
Dharma Talk
The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy

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