Surviving Has Made Me Crazy

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $7.81
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 56%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $7.81   
  • New (3) from $14.31   
  • Used (6) from $7.81   

Overview

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.
Read More Show Less

What People Are Saying

Naomi Shihab Nye
"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
“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.”
Saki Santorelli
“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.”
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933880013
  • Publisher: Cavankerry Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 460,936
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK NEPO has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over thirty years. Nominated for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, he is the author of twelve books, many of which have been translated into French, Portuguese, Japanese and Danish. In his spare time, Nepo tinkers at the piano, loves baseball and jazz, and winter walks with his wife, Susan, and their dog, Mira.

RICHARD FRANKEL is Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine.

Read More Show Less

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

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2007

    insightful poems of a cancer survivor

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

    insightful poems by a cancer survivor

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)