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Author: Norman Fischer

Norman Fischer has published twenty-one books of poetry and six books on Buddhism. His poetry has been anthologized in The Wisdom Anthology of North American Poetry, Basta Azzez enough, What Book? and many literary magazines. He holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop and a Masters in Buddhism from the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a Zen Buddhist priest for more than 40 years, serving as co- abbot for the San Francisco Zen Center from 1995-2000. Founder and teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation, he is one of the most highly respected Zen teachers in America, regularly leading Zen Buddhist retreats and events around the world. His essays have appeared in such notable collections as Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture (University of Alabama Press, 2010) and are frequently included in Best Buddhist Writing (Shambhala). His collections of essays on writing, Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion (University of Alabama Press) and on Buddhism, When You Greet Me I Bow (Shambhala) are widely read, as is his translation of the Hebrew psalms, Opening to You.

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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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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The Museum of Capitalism
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The Museum of Capitalism

Talisman House, Publishers

Poetry. "If capitalism is the infection that normalizes and perpetuates all the greed and violence endemic to human creatures (and, of course, it is), in his new book Norman Fischer provides us with a gorgeous inoculation. In a capacious voice that ...

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Nature
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Nature

Tuumba Press

Poetry. A long poem that's an essay but not, a work of philosophy but not, a gently stated argument that seems to have multiple points heading in multiple directions; a text about nature but also about thinking, language, identity, consciousness, sc...

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On a Train at Night
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On a Train at Night

Presses Universitaires de Rouen

Poetry. "The relationship between words and world: This is what poetry is all about. This is the exact locus in which poetry has something to teach us. This is the exact locus in which ON A TRAIN AT NIGHT has something active to teach us."—Christoph...

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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

The Figures

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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Selected Poems 1980-2013
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Selected Poems 1980-2013

Chax Press

Norman Fischer’s new book is like a house with many mansions. Each mansion is explored room by room. The rooms are poems, and the poet seems to move unconscious of positive negativity, unobstructed liberty, paradoxes without stress. The syntax alter...

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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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There was a clattering as...
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There was a clattering as...

Lavender Ink

Poetry. California Interest. The pandemic is a fact, a metaphor, an archetype, an epoch-changing moment of history, and an occasion for collective soul-searching. In this various, long, and haunting text, including much direct and bent quotation fro...

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Untitled Series: Life as It Is
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Untitled Series: Life as It Is

Talisman House, Publishers

Poetry. California Interest. "This is a high-speed life performance. The reader seems to fly over a choppy sea of uneasy language/thought – a troubled consciousness – that can't be still, and in which interchangeable pronouns and restless anxieties ...

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