Help Is On the Way takes readers from the subways of New York City to the savannas of Paleolithic Africa to the transplant ward of Kyoto University Hospital. But whatever their setting, these poems are enlivened by the subtle music, penetrating wit, and remarkable emotional honesty that won high praise for John Brehm’s earlier collection, Sea of Faith, and constitute his singularly engaging voice.
About the Author
John Brehm’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Prairie Schooner, the Missouri Review, and many other journals and anthologies. He is author of Sea of Faith, winner of the 2004 Brittingham Prize in Poetry, and associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. He lived in New York City for many years and now resides in Portland, Oregon.
“Brehm’s poems are sexy, funny, often brilliantly crafted, and wonderfully sweet at their core.”—David Daniel, Ploughshares
“Reading John Brehm, it is difficult not to be charmed by his voice and glittering wit. . . . Brehm is the poet-friend you’ve always wanted. . . . a plain-speaking raconteur—delightfully hyperbolic, ironic, and comically self-deprecating.”—Mike Wilmot, Prairie Schooner
“These poems are ecstatic songs, human tunes, being sung in a tone of honesty that makes you want to sing yourself.”—Tin House