Steve (Abhaya) Brooks – Poetry Prose & Art

September 22, 2013

Eating Pizza with a Spoon

Filed under: Book,Fiction,Humor,Non-fiction,Poetry,Prose,Uncategorized — Steve Abhaya @ 12:36 pm

Eating Pizza with a Spoon CoverEating Pizza with a Spoon is a biography of my brother, John Mark Brooks, who took his own life, July 28th, ’13, in Nashville, Tennessee. Musician, writer, businessman, comedian, cross-dresser, biographer, economist, he was a remarkable presence in our lives.

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Eating Pizza with a Spoon

July 7, 2012

Famous Lost Words

Filed under: Fiction,Humor,Non-fiction,Prose,Uncategorized — Steve Abhaya @ 10:43 am

Famous Lost Words CoverFamous Lost Words is a compilation  of quotations from famous people who might have had a temporary loss of memory and were forced to invent new ways of saying what they were famous for saying.

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Famous Lost Words

Silhouettes

Filed under: Children,Humor,Non-fiction,Prose — Steve Abhaya @ 10:31 am

Silhouettes CoverSilhouettes is a collection of definitions as one might find in an online search, exploring the origin and uses of everyday language.

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Silhouettes Contents

Silhouettes

Practically Advice

Filed under: Humor,Non-fiction,Prose,Uncategorized — Steve Abhaya @ 10:19 am

Practically Advice CoverPractically Advice is a collection of phrases, lines, and aphorisms. It follows Never Mind, Gertrude Stein in that regard.

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Practically Advice

April 18, 2012

Haiku Café

Filed under: Book,Fiction,Humor,Non-fiction,Poetry — Steve Abhaya @ 11:17 am

Haiku Cafe CoverHaiku Café was written entirely in the Charlotte Street Starbucks in Asheville, North Carolina, during the bitterly warm winter of 2011-12. Observations expressed in Haiku Café are taken from life and the imagination of the author.

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Haiku Cafe

January 11, 2009

Never Mind Gertrude Stein

Filed under: Art,Book,Humor — Steve Abhaya @ 4:35 pm

Never Mind Cover

Never Mind Gertrude Stein, a collection of aphorisms, was begun in 1982, after an incident in the Owl and Monkey Cafe in San Francisco. I was sitting with Chuck Ferrera, when I said something clever. Chuck suggested I write it down. I said it was just a remark. He said I was a writer, and I should write it down. I said that Gertrude Stein had said, “Remarks aren’t Literature.” Chuck said, “Fuck Gertrude Stein, you’re a writer, write it down.” So, I did, and began to compile that and other aphoristic remarks into a volume, then titled, “The Captain of the Wind.” At the time, I had read only two books of aphorisms in my life, one by La Rochefoucault and the other by someone else, whose name escapes me. I sent the book to Northpoint Press, in Berkeley, and they wrote back that they were “swamped with aphorisms.” The same day, I read, in the New York Times Book Review, new reviews of three books of aphorisms. Over the years, I turned these “remarks” into greeting cards, after doing the drawings that accompany them, and called them, “Small Talk.” I have reverted to nearly the original sense, calling them “Never Mind Gertrude Stein.” I thought of calling them “Fuck Gertrude Stein”, but that was Chuck’s attitude, not mine, and I think Never Mind Gertrude Stein scans better.

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January 9, 2009

I Became a Florist to Run for the Roses

Filed under: Humor — Steve Abhaya @ 3:48 pm

I Became a Florist CoverI Became a Florist to Run for the Roses is a collection of occupational justifications. From 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I Became a Florist

January 4, 2009

The Cartoon Kid

Filed under: Art,Book,Humor — Steve Abhaya @ 9:37 pm

The Cartoon Kid Cover

The Cartoon Kid is a collection of cartoons, my attempt to create a New Yorker style cartoon, a life-long ambition, it seems.

January 2, 2009

Big Head Theatre

Filed under: Art,Book,Drama,Humor — Steve Abhaya @ 3:29 pm

Big Head Theatre Cover

Big Head Theatre is a collection of satirical cartoons, each one portraying a mini-drama. These drawings were done in 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 16, 2008

Altered Egos

Filed under: Art,Book,Fiction,Humor,Non-fiction,Prose — Steve Abhaya @ 5:01 pm

Altered Egos CoverAltered Egos is a collection of mostly fictional stories of the famous and infamous in history, with an added section of stories about contemporary figures.

“After floating for two days on the open sea, kept afloat by parts of her own demolished airplane, Amelia Earhart washed up on an island, where she was rescued by island natives, who had never heard of her and took her to be a blessing from the gods. They thought she was a visitor from an unidentified flying object they’d seen, days before, when it flew low and fast over their heads like a winged canoe in the sky.

Amelia herself finally accepted the role she denied at first, and became the most famous aviator in the world, Amelia From the Heart of the Air, She Who Crossed The Sky in a Winged Canoe.”

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Altered Egos: Illustrated

 

 

 


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