Help Is on the Way

Paperback | March 26, 2012

byJohn Brehm

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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.

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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 collecti...

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 l...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:March 26, 2012Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029928624X

ISBN - 13:9780299286248

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“I need to accept you as you are,” she said,“so you need to become the kindof person I can accept.” I wasbecoming bewildered, but I don’tthink that’s what she meant.“Life Insurance,” she said. “Youdon’t have any Life Insurance.”“But we’ve only known each otherthree months. Aren’t we jumping ahead?”“Look,” she said, “I don’t wantto have to take my child and moveback to Chicago and live with my mother.I don’t want to have to take my childto a public clinic. And I don’t want tohave to ride you and nag you and ask you…—excerpt from “Of Love and Life Insurance: An Argument” © Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I. Over and Under

Pompeii

Prophecies: Right Here, Right Now

Critical Mass

Valid Photo Identification Required

First and Last

Of Love and Life Insurance: An Argument

Talk of the Town

Getting Where We're Going

Change in Service

Dear Internal Revenue Service

Fourth of July

Newborn, Brovetto Farm

A New Addiction Please

One Way or Another

Wind Over Water

Revelation

Passage

So Long

Conflagration

Full Circle

On the Subway Platform

Over and Under

II. Still Falling

Lineage

III. Side by Side

To Make the Wound More Beautiful

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“These poems are ecstatic songs, human tunes, being sung in a tone of honesty that makes you want to sing yourself.”—Tin House