“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.