Poet and philosopher Mark Nepo was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma in 1987. His journey back to health awakened a new life. In his latest book, Nepo explores how sacred and useful everything is. As such, this book is for everyone, not just for those facing illness or pursuing poetry. The poems affirm that surviving has more to do with our authenticity than our longevity. The sixty-eight poems gathered here are the culmination of many years of inquiry. As a teacher, Nepo has journeyed with others around these themes across the country and abroad. In leading spiritual retreats, in working with healing and medical communities, and in his teaching as a poet, his work is widely accessible and used by many.
Foreword • About the Journey Through the Cracks Thoracic Surgery • Today I Feel the Pain of the World • Eyeless Beauty • The Mistake • Secretions • Nothing As It Was • The Flute of Interior Time • The Thing About Darkness • Sweating Between Worlds • Livi