Norman Fischer
b. 1946
Norman Fischer has published twenty-one books of poetry and six books on Buddhism. 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). 

Museum of Capitalism

149 p.

“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

︎ $17.95

Untitled Series: Life As It Is

132 p.

"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 sink from sight only to resurface - a consciousness, we come to see, much like our own." - Rae Armantrout

︎ $19.95

e. 1987

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