John Brehm: Dharma Talk (#181)


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This episode of the Wisdom Podcast, recorded live as a Wisdom Dharma Chat features special guest John Brehm. John is the author of several books of poems, The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy and The Dharma of PoetrySea 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 PoetryThe Southern ReviewNew Ohio ReviewThe SunThe 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.

In this episode, host Daniel Aitken and John discuss:

  • John’s process for writing poetry;
  • The art of appreciative reading and how to incorporate this in your practice; 
  • John selects poems from his newest collection, Dharma Talk, to read and guides us through reflecting on them; and
  • much more!

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