Synopses & Reviews
With his trademark self-deprecating wit, unflinching honesty, and sparkling language, John Brehm's latest collection invites readers along on his spiritual journey. No Day at the Beach traces a progression from loneliness and the magnetic pull of the past to the grace that is found through immersion in the present and the melancholy beauty of impermanence. Informed by Brehm's Buddhist practice and enlivened by his comic insights, these poems take on a universal dimension, allowing the reader to both luxuriate in the moment and reflect on each poem's spiritual depth.
By turns playfully philosophical and bracingly open hearted, Brehm's engagement with the specters of memory, pride, yearning, gain, and loss illuminate the human condition with humor and empathy.