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Author: Norman Fischer

A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, Norman Fischer is a poet and essayist. He has been practicing as a Zen Buddhist priest for thirty-five years, and is one of the senior Zen teachers in America. The latest of his more than twenty-five poetry and prose titles are EXPERIENCE: THINKING, WRITING, LANGUAGE AND RELIGION (prose, Poetics Series, University of Alabama Press), CONFLICT (poetry, Chax Press), THE STRUGGLERS (poetry, Singing Horse Press), MAGNOLIAS ALL AT ONCE (poetry, Singing Horse), and ANY WOULD BE IF (poetry, Chax Press). In 2000 he retired as co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, one of the largest Buddhist organizations in the West, and founded The Everyday Zen Foundation (www.everydayzen.org), an international network of Buddhist groups and social projects. His latest Buddhist title is Training in Compassion (Shambhala). Norman Fischer lives on a cliff near Muir Beach California with his wife Kathie, also a Zen priest. Their two sons live in Brooklyn.

any would be if
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any would be if

Chax Press

Poetry. California Interest. Zen Buddhism. "'without love no quirks,' writes Norman Fischer in the midst of ANY WOULD BE IF. One might add: without quirks, no life, as in this book Fischer proceeds 'by ellipsis,' and suggests that living, noticing, ...

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Charlotte's Way
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Charlotte's Way

Tinfish Press

Poetry. Norman Fischer's long poem takes as its place CHARLOTTE'S WAY, a house on the California coast, but mostly the poem takes things in. Fischer, a Zen priest, meditates on talk, the passing of time, the brain, catness, bills to be paid, poems, ...

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Conflict
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Conflict

Chax Press

Poetry. "The conflict Norman Fischer speaks of in this poem is an inherent component of the universe. He writes of the human dilemma, the struggles of daily life, and the desire to 'hold the world in place,' showing us how not to be mired in any one...

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Escape this Crazy Life of Tears: Japan, July 2010
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Escape this Crazy Life of Tears: Japan, July 2010

Tinfish Press

Poetry. In July, 2010, Zen priest Norman Fischer travelled to Kyoto to visit temples and meet with fellow practitioners. A CRAZY LIFE OF TEARS is a poetic journal of that trip. Fischer's poetry examines what it means to sit at the nexus of the past,...

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I Was Blown Back
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I Was Blown Back

Singing Horse Press

Poetry. "Norman Fischer is aware that even if "words are free of their intentions," it is difficult to free ourselves of our intentions for them and allow the poem to find its way. This is one of the many paradoxes regarding poetic speech (and poeti...

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Magnolias All At Once
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Magnolias All At Once

Singing Horse Press

Poetry. Translation. "Norman Fisher has created, for the time being, the perfect introduction to Leslie Scalapino's poetics. MAGNOLIAS ALL AT ONCE offers a set of commentaries on Dogen, the astounding medieval Japanese Zen writer, by the mind-bendin...

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On Whether or Not to Believe in Your Mind
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On Whether or Not to Believe in Your Mind

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Poetry. "I have often experienced the fact that no matter how difficult or how wonderful things get there is always some expression that is made. The world goes on carelessly unfolding. For me this expression takes the temporary form I call writing,...

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Questions/Places/Voices/Seasons
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Questions/Places/Voices/Seasons

Singing Horse Press

Poetry. QUESTIONS/PLACES/VOICES/SEASONS continues and expands the innovative meditational poetry Norman Fischer has explored in earlier books, such as SLOWLY BUT DEARLY, SUCCESS, and I WAS BLOWN BACK. The two long serial poems that anchor QUESTIONS/...

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The Strugglers
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The Strugglers

Singing Horse Press

Poetry. THE STRUGGLERS is Norman Fischer's fourth book of poetry with Singing Horse Press. Divided into six poetic sequences, "Norman Fischer's new poems—including a rhetorically stunning series after Mandelstam—make you stop and think—about everyda...

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Success
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Success

Singing Horse Press

Poetry. In writing SUCCESS, Norman Fischer set for himself the task of composing 28 lines, every day, for a year. What results is a moving portrait of a heart and mind in the world. This selection from the full text includes Fischer's important essa...

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Turn Left in Order to Go Right

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Turn Left in Order to Go Right

O Books

Poetry. "Norman Fischer's new book is like one of those Baccarat Crystal paperweights, a smooth clear ball of glass containing intricate designs in many brilliant colors. Each design element is individual and isolated, set exactly in place and yet c...

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