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John Brehm

John Brehm

John Brehm is the author of Help Is on the Way and Sea of Faith, the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry and the editor of The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, The Sun, New Ohio Review, The Writer’s Almanac and many other journals and anthologies.  

Opening


I only thought
to light

a candle
but nicked

a hole in
this world

and the un-
seen burning

world came
right through.

Loss and Gain


The rich black
soil of

failure
is where

I plant
my seeds

their
fruition

is no
fruition—

cool shade
of non-

existent
trees.

Fall's Mirror


Flat on
my back

staring
up at

a map of
my own

mind the
elm tree's

black
branches—

nothing
left to

catch
the wind.

 

 

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