In the Awakening Season

by Matthew Mumber

$17.95

“This isn’t a book, it’s a blessing.
These poems could only be written by someone who not only loves life, but serves it.
A medicine for the soul.”
—Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom

“In this book of poems Matthew Mumber, physician and poet, applies his powers of observation and appreciation to a wide range of topics, from death to blossoming, parenting to untrustworthy politicians, nature’s glory to dealing with the hard decisions of doctoring. He is not afraid to talk about killing wasps right next to a poem about spiritual deepening. Overall, there is a primarily optimistic, spiritually oriented urgency to this assemblage, as demonstrated in his wonderful line, ‘everything will be refilled to overflowing.’ He reminds us that no matter the unexpected and the difficult there will always be flowering.”

—David Watts, MD, author of Bedside Manners and The Orange Wire Problem

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Weight 0.4 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 0.5 × 9 in

Matthew Mumber, M.D., practices medicine as a board-certified radiation oncologist with the Harbin Clinic in Rome. After entering private practice, Matt attended and graduated from Dr. Andrew Weil’s fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona, where he met Rachel Remen and attended trainings on facilitation of physician-patient retreat groups through Commonweal. Subsequently, Matt attended and graduated from a 2-year program on spirituality at the Living School for Action and Contemplation through the Rohr Institute, where he studied with Jim Finley. An author of academic and lay press texts on the subject of healing, Matt has edited an academic textbook entitled Integrative Oncology: Principles and Practice  and also co-wrote a lay-press health and wellness book, Sustainable Wellness with Heather Reed. He has served as the president of the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology.

Matt’s poetry, which draws on his personal, professional, cultural and natural-world experiences, stems from his lectio divina meditation and spiritual practice. Matt has facilitated groups and retreats focused on transformation and healing for over twenty years.

He lives in Georgia with his wife and three sons.

These poems evoke an intimate sense of the mystery of the most foundational aspects of our lives. Sitting with their evocative simplicity becomes a meditative practice, a way of awakening to the gift and miracle of being alive and real in the world. The holiness of life shines out between the words.

—Jim Finley, author of Merton’s Palace of Nowhere and Christian Meditation

In this book of poems, In the Awakening Season, Matthew Mumber, physician and poet, applies his powers of observation and appreciation to a wide range of topics, from death to blossoming, parenting to untrustworthy politicians, nature’s glory to dealing with the hard decisions of doctoring. He is not afraid to talk about killing wasps right next to a poem about spiritual deepening. Overall, there is a primarily optimistic, spiritually oriented urgency to this assemblage, as demonstrated in his wonderful line, “everything will be refilled to overflowing.” He reminds us that no matter the unexpected and the difficult there will always be flowering.

—David Watts, MD, author of Bedside Manners and The Orange Wire Problem

This isn’t a book, it’s a blessing. These poems could only be written by someone who not only loves life, but serves it. A medicine for the soul.

—Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom

Matt’s poems in In the Awakening Season give me more reasons to admire him and his life and work. I have known Matt since his medical school years and he is someone I have taught and admire. He has a heart and not just a brain. Matt’s poetry touches me and makes me want to grab a pen and start writing. I recommend we all read his poetry and write our own. We all need to bring forth what is within us in order to heal our lives and bodies. Matt’s poems can awaken us and start our healing process and our creating the poetry of our life.

—Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and co-author of a book of poetry with Charlie Siegel, When You Realize How Perfect Everything Is

When words do not suffice, there is poetry. Dr. Matt Mumber finds the lyrics to express the ordinary and extraordinary that compose a human life. By doing so, he helps us all become more present to what is.

—Victoria Maizes, MD, Executive Director of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona

Download the complimentary Reader’s Companion for In the Awakening Season here.