Steve Brooks (Abhaya) – Poetry, Prose & Art

November 30, 2008

Fleshy Blue Boat

Filed under: Book,Poetry — Steve Brooks @ 10:18 pm

Fleshy Blue Boat Cover

Fleshy Blue Boat is a collection of light poems, written in the early 70s.

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Fleshy Blue Boat Contents

Fleshy Blue Boat

November 26, 2008

Pick Up the Baby – Catastrophic Healing

Filed under: Book,Non-fiction — Steve Brooks @ 6:06 pm

Pick Up the Baby Cover

Pick Up the BabyCatastrophic Healing was written in 1989, after four years of sobriety, as the underlying reality came to the surface. Pick Up the Baby  is not ‘about’ the healing process but written from within the moment of healing itself.

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Pick Up the Baby Introduction

Pick Up the Baby

November 23, 2008

Energy in an Innocent Mind

Filed under: Book,Poetry — Steve Brooks @ 8:41 pm

Energy Cover

Energy in an Innocent Mind, is poetry written in 2000, defines the only reality that informs us all and all we see and do.

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Introduction to Energy


November 13, 2008


Filed under: Book,Non-fiction — Steve Brooks @ 8:37 pm

Regina CoverRegina is an attempt to answer the question, “What does it mean to call someone the love of one’s life?” Decades after a much-desired relationship has faded from the scene, questions remain and questions arise. What is the positive side to remorse and regret? What else goes on in the depth of desire and the contemplation of loss, in matters of the heart?

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Opening Pages


November 11, 2008

Exquisite Parody

Filed under: Book,Poetry — Steve Brooks @ 3:44 pm

Exquisite Parody Cover

Exquisite Parody was written in 2008, a sense of what it means to be a poet.

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Exquisite Parody

November 2, 2008

101 Ways to Avoid Reading Self-Help Books

Filed under: Art,Book,Fiction,Non-fiction — Steve Brooks @ 10:37 pm

101 Ways CoverWalking in the Barnes and Noble in the Kahala Mall, in Honolulu, I passed the self-help row. It seemed to go on for miles. I thought, “Somebody ought to write 101 Ways to Avoid Reading Self-Help Books.” Then I thought, “You’re a writer. Why don’t you do it?” So I did. This book, if what I’m saying is true, should work, even if you read it and do absolutely nothing it suggests.

The drawings included here have been sold as a coloring book called Have a Seat!



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101 Ways to Avoid Reading Self-Help Books

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Philip Blanc in San Francisco

Filed under: Art,Poetry — Steve Brooks @ 5:11 pm

PB in SF cover

Philip Blanc in San Francisco was published by Panjandrum Press in 1972. These light surrealist excursions, as someone once described them elicited this response from my mother, “Stephen, were you on drugs when you wrote this?” I said I was not, that I wrote them in the library at San Francisco State on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. The drawings came later. 


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Philip Blanc in San Francisco

November 1, 2008

Walking in Ellensburg

Filed under: Book,Non-fiction,Poetry — Steve Brooks @ 9:05 pm

Walking in Ellensburg CoverWalking in Ellensburg is a continuation of the sort of poem begun in Walking in San Francisco, thirty years before, and continued in Walking in Asheville, ’11, and in Walking in the Village, in New York City, ’13. The quiet of a small town in summer opens the spirit to the kind of frameless being that children enjoy, different from the life of the city, then or now.  As I walked the streets of Ellensburg, Washington, in the summer of 2008, I saw things I had not seen from my car, my bicycle, or even walking with a purpose. Download here: Walking in Ellensburg

The Zen of Housepainting

Filed under: Non-fiction — Steve Brooks @ 7:08 pm

I started painting, many years ago, when I needed money to finance my fledgling life as an artist. A friend, Dirk Kortz, who had been painting for fifteen years, took me on out of friendship, kindness, and desperation. Since I was a poet, and Dirk was a writer, painter and filmmaker, we got along great. We both enjoyed the work, we liked to do a good job, and we shared the dream that someday we would lay the brush down and never touch a roller again. Painting has become a wonderful meditation and metaphor for life. It wasn’t enough to be a poet. I had to go out and learn a useful skill. When I die, I don’t want to be buried or cremated. I want to be smashed against the wall like a bug and painted over. Two coats, please. Top of the line. 

After painting houses for several years, it was time to put together some wit and wisdom from the profession. The Zen of Housepainting was published by City Miner Magazine, in Berkeley, California, in 1980.

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The Zen of Housepainting

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