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“Mark Nepo is a Great Soul. His resonant heart―his frank and astonishing voice befriend us mightily on this mysterious trail. These are words to live with, by and among―with deepest gratitude.” (Naomi Shihab Nye)

“These poems offer articulate revelations about life, about being human, about what is most often left unexamined, unspoken, and therefore left unknown. This book is unrelenting, thrilling, achingly rough, palpable . . . a portal filled with life . . . to which I bow.” (Saki Santorelli, Executive Director, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School)

About the Author

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over thirty years. He has published twelve books and recorded five CDs. Forthcoming work includes a new book of teaching stories, As Far As the Heart Can See, (HCI Books, Fall 2011),Finding Inner Courage (Red Wheel-Conari, Spring 2011, originally published as Facing the Lion, Being the Lion, 2007), and audio books of The Book of Awakening and Finding Inner Courage (CD, Simon & Schuster, Spring 2011). His most recent book of poetry is Surviving Has Made Me Crazy (CavanKerry Press, 2007). As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship.


In 2010, Mark sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey as part of her Soul Series on the satellite radio network, SIRIUS XM Radio. Of his books, The Exquisite Risk (Harmony Books) was cited by Spirituality & Health Magazine as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2005, calling it "one of the best books we've ever read on what it takes to live an authentic life." The Book of Awakening was a finalist for the 2000 Books for a Better Life Award and was cited bySpirituality & Health Magazine as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2000. Mark's collected essays appear in Unlearning Back to God: Essays on Inwardness (Khaniqahi Nimatullahi Publications, 2006). 

His work has been translated into French, Portuguese, Japanese, and Danish. In leading spiritual retreats, in working with healing and medical communities, and in his teaching as a poet, Mark's work is widely accessible and used by many. He continues to offer readings, lectures, and retreats. Please visit Mark at MarkNepo.com and threeintentions.com.

RICHARD FRANKEL is Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine.
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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Cavankerry; First Edition edition (February 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933880015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933880013
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Henry Berry on April 8, 2007
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The title is more than tricky or artful, poetic wordplay. Nepo is a cancer survivor. This is the latest volume in the publisher's Literature of Illness imprint. As Rich Frankel, a professor of Medicine and Geriatrics, writes with regard to Nepo's poems in his Foreword, "[T]he experience of surviving a life threatening disease is not a return to homeostasis, the way things were, but rather a radical transformation from which there is no turning back." From his eighteen-year struggle with cancer, Nepo has developed a prescience. The poet does not lament, though there are moments of anguish, fear, and confusion. But these are basically way stations in what is mainly a spiritual journey, a transformation; and they are not left raw and abrasive, but put as a metaphor, insight, or adage true to the poet's prescience. "We are all just guests in a body/that comes and goes..." - from Earth Guest. Learning he had cancer was like "jumping/with full consent/into an empty well/so deep I only remember/falling into the dark/till falling without direction put me to sleep..." - from Thoracic Surgery. Both ancient paganistic and Christian ideas about the experience and the outcome of transformation are reflected in the poems. Knowing Nepo is a cancer survivor adds depth to the reading of the poems; but as with all good poetry, the poems stand on their own.
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excellent poet,philospher,spiritualist highly recommend this book and any book,audio cd done by Mark Nepo wonderful inspirational person who inspires others.God Bless Mark Nepo
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I bought this book to give as a gift, but managed to read some of it myself. Mark Nepo is a poet, a fiction writer and the author of self-help books that transcend the genre because of his honesty and recognition of complexities. Himself a cancer survivor, he articulates his own struggles but does so with a nuanced prose that manages to avoid cliches and easy answers. His poems have the same strengths. Personally, I find them a bit lacking in imagery, but they have their own voice and an earned authenticity. These poems resonate with honed questions rather than smooth lyrical answers.
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