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 is part every person, part guide and caregiver, part trickster, Fischer leads us through an exhibit of the American psyche at its most beautifully/terribly/complicatedly human. Blake asks us to see a world in a grain of sand; Fischer, in language as precise and relentless as his courage, asks us to expand each nanosecond into an infinity. With tenderness and care, irony and sincerity, Fischer leads us from surprise to surprise through a vastness of recursion, digression, re-vision, doubt, and wisdom. This is an exquisite book from one of the great and lasting gifts of contemporary poetry."—Donna de la Perriere
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.