Dharma Talk

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“Think of this collection as a Guidebook to Emptiness—to everything and nothing (which, as the poet tells us, are interchangeable). Brehm gives us a taste of that everything in images ranging from jasmine blossoms placed beside the bed to perfume the dreamer’s sleep, to a brain bathed in sea salt and lavender. These collected lines hang in the air like the spider’s web described in Brehm’s poem “Design”: ‘knowing / just how / much to give / in either / direction / without breaking.’ Dharma Talk is full of wonders.”—Danusha Laméris, author of Bonfire Opera

"John’s work reminds me of the great Japanese haiku poets: their attention to the smallest details, compression of language, and a rich appreciation of nature and the human condition."—Joseph Goldstein



John Brehm


A new volume of original poetry from the bestselling creator of Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy.

In Dharma Talk, award-winning poet John Brehm explores the perennial themes of aging, compassion, emptiness, nonseparation, and more. At once poignant and humorous, Brehm’s gentle, wry poems remind us that the personal and the universal are not different—and point us to the Dharma of everyday life.



book information
  • Paperback
  • 88 pages, 4.5 x 6.5 inches
  • $12.95
  • ISBN 9781614298786
  • ebook
  • 88 pages
  • $9.99
  • ISBN 9781614298861
about the author
Dharma Talk

John Brehm is the author of several books of poems, The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy and The Dharma of Poetry, Sea of FaithHelp Is On the Way, and No Day at the Beach. He is the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry and his poems have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, New Ohio Review, The Sun, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, The Writer’s Almanac, The Norton Introduction to Literature, Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches for Literary Arts and Mountain Writers Series in Portland and for the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado.

Other books by John Brehm:
The Dharma of Poetry
The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy

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