The Strugglers

The Strugglers

The Strugglers is Norman Fischer's fourth book of poetry with Singing Horse Press. Divided into six poetic sequences, "Norman Fischer's new poems … make you stop and think—about everyday life and its sampled commodifications—about global turbulence and local pleasure" (Charles Bernstein).

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Charlotte’s Way

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, and myriad other subjects as they flicker in and out of thought.

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Slowly but Dearly

Slowly but Dearly

New work by this well-known Bay Area writer and Zen teacher. “It's freezing at degree zero, wind bites -/ The crystal arguments fall into taller shapes/ And the tension around the eyes lengthens/ At the end of every turn around the park/ 'Kick Me' is a sign everyone wears” (from “The Enigma of Memory”). 

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Success: A Poem

Success: A Poem

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 essay “Do You Want to Make Something Out of It? Zen Meditation and the artistic impulse."

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