The Poetry of Grief, Gratitude, and Reverence

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“This beautiful and poignant poetry will reach places in your mind and heart that you didn’t know existed. Your life will be enriched once you’ve cracked open its pages and drunk from its words of beauty and anguish.”—Joanne Cacciatore, PhD, author of Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief

“This is not a book to read and then forget on a bookshelf. It is a companion to cherish during our own moments of grief, gratitude, and awe. I will keep it close at hand.”—David Loy, author of Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis

“It has been said that of all gateways to the deep mystery that is our true home, none is so immediate and potent as grief. Grief itself is wisdom, calling us back to who we really are. The braiding of fine, moving, and readable poems gathered in this beautiful new anthology on grief and its sisters—gratitude and reverence—shows us clearly why. Let this wonderful collection, wisely conceived and beautifully executed, open up whatever needs to be opened, and lead us all back to the true home we’ve long been seeking. This is a book to treasure.”—Henry Shukman, author of Original Love and One Blade of Grass


John Brehm

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Signposts on a journey through the darkest and brightest moments of our lives, the poems gathered here are explorations of loss, of thanksgiving, of transformation. Some show a path forward and others simply acknowledge and empathize with where we are, but all are celebrations of poetry’s ability to express what seemed otherwise inexpressible, to touch deep inside our hearts—and also pull ourselves out of our selves and into greater connection with the world around us.

Includes poems by

Rainer Maria Rilke, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Czesław Miłosz, Seamus Heaney, Billy Collins, Joy Harjo, Danusha Laméris, Ada Limón, Kevin Young, Arthur Sze, Ellen Bass, Li-Young Lee, Natasha Trethewey, and many more, plus the editor’s essay on appreciative attention.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages, 4.5 x 6.5 inches
  • $19.95
  • ISBN 9781614298724
about the author
The Poetry of Grief, Gratitude, and Reverence

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:
Dharma Talk
The Dharma of Poetry
The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy

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