John Brehm is the author of three full-length books of poetry, Sea of Faith, Help Is on the Way, and No Day at the Beach, all from the University of Wisconsin Press, and a chapbook, The Way Water Moves, from Flume Press.

His collection of essays, The Dharma of Poetry, was recently released by Wisdom Publications and is a companion to his acclaimed anthology, The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy, also from Wisdom Publications. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, The Southern Review, Plume, Gulf Coast, The Missouri Review, New Ohio Review, The Writer’s Almanac, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Best American Poetry, The Norton Introduction to Literature, and many other journals and anthologies.

We sat down and chatted with John about poetry, how it develops along side spirituality, and “how to live in this world in a meaningful way.” Duane Toops, who reviewed his book The Dharma of Poetry,  joins us for this podcast.

We talk about poetry today in our contemporary world as compared to the classic poetry written ages ago, as well as the mindfulness that comes both from reading and writing poetry.


Purchase John’s book The Dharma of Poetry from Wisdom Publications here and on Amazon here.


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