Surviving Has Made Me Crazy

Surviving Has Made Me Crazy

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by Mark Nepo
     
 

ISBN-10: 1933880015

ISBN-13: 9781933880013

Pub. Date: 02/16/2007

Publisher: Cavankerry Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933880013
Publisher:
Cavankerry Press
Publication date:
02/16/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
148
Sales rank:
1,230,342
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

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
Living Through Things
The Bells, Not the Church
All the While
Only Singers in the Temple
Upon the Death of a Friend
In the Other Kind of Time
Belief in the Invisible
You'll Get Over It

Lead and Drag
Before the Rain
Water of Greenness
The Edge
White Tea
Basements and Dreams
The Friend
More Dreams
Requiem for a Father Missing
For Three Voices Lost in Flight
Opening Without Words
Peril
Inch of Karma
Note on the Fridge for You
On One Corner
Ladders to Nowhere
Talkin' About Everything
The Sale of Our History

Weak Enough
Diapedesis
Strange and Beautiful
How to Mourn a Miracle
While I Was There
For the One Who Misses Laughter
A Vow Beyond Awareness
Hearing Good Advice
Five Thousand Ways to Listen
The Crows Between Us
Fires Looking for a Sea
Earth Guest
For the Circle
Howard is My Brother
Mother and Child
Burning the Wrapper
The Mystery of Illness
Carried Home
God's Timing

Crossing Over
The Leaving
For Crying Outloud
More Mysterious Than Regret
Lesson from the Farther Shore
You're Looking Great
How I Loved Them
The Dream of Healing
Made Less and More
Released
The Ache of Being Alive
Dropping Below
As Moonlight
Nothing Has Grown Over
Four Dreams of Death
Surviving Has Made Me Crazy

Gratitudes

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Surviving Has Made Me Crazy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.