Losing and Finding

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This collection of lyrical poems traces the narrative of the loss of love and intellectual powers and a groping towards a new life after a catastrophic illness. The poems describe suffering and the sudden loss of one's prior life and powers, but they also celebrate the gifts that arise from the heart of suffering-the importance of the smallest things and the ability to pay fierce attention to them.


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KAREN FISER earned a Ph.D. ...

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Overview

This collection of lyrical poems traces the narrative of the loss of love and intellectual powers and a groping towards a new life after a catastrophic illness. The poems describe suffering and the sudden loss of one's prior life and powers, but they also celebrate the gifts that arise from the heart of suffering-the importance of the smallest things and the ability to pay fierce attention to them.


About the Author:
KAREN FISER earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Virginia, an M.F.A. from Mills College, and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. After a first career as a philosophy professor, she began writing poems during the onset of a struggle with illness and disability. Her poems have appeared in seven anthologies and many journals. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781574411720
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Judge's Foreword
Acknowledgments
How to Do Things With Words 3
Cripple Time 4
The Angel Standing in the Sun 5
Lost and Found Edges 6
On Searching Through a Taoist Medical Treatise 8
Louisiana, Largo 9
Trauerarbeit 10
"Why not be wholly changed into fire?" 11
Look Back Time 12
Phantom Life 13
Described by Desire Like a Joni Mitchell Song 14
Living in the Middle of the Night 16
Sunday Morning 17
The Mind, That Ocean 18
Aphasia 19
Pain as Metaphor 20
Partners 21
Sleeping in My Notebook 22
One, With Egg Roll 23
The Memory Artist 24
Tuesday Is Narrow, Wednesday Is Wide 26
Found Poem 28
Waltzing the Gorilla 29
Love, Wittgenstein and Jack Gilbert 30
Nickeltown 35
Still Life With Open Window 36
The Book of Things That Disappear 37
Wang Hui, Looking at the Waterfall (1695) 38
Life at Sea 39
Mourning Cloaks and Question Marks 40
Small Dark Birds Come and Go 42
The Daemon 43
The House of Self-Undoing 44
One Bright Thing 45
Let It Be 46
Politics 47
Kap's Elegy 48
Looking at a Wolf Kahn Landscape 49
Things That Seem So Human and So Small 50
Semantic Ambiguity 51
Star Market 52
Philosophy Departments 53
The Life Repair Shop 54
Possible Worlds 55
Sacred 56
Unpack Your Griefcase, Mother's Lovely Child 58
What Can Be Said 59
Mickey and Sylvia Didn't Sing About Grief 60
Squirrel 61
The Souls of Animals 62
Rendezvous 63
One Arm Thrown Over the Tiger 64
Foggy Sun, Long Afternoon 65
You Say My Name, and I Recall May Swenson 66
This Bridge My Heart Makes in the Dark 67
Cartesian Sleep 68
Losing and Finding 70
The Life of the Mind 71
Notes 73
A Note on the Artist 75
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