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Losing and Finding (Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry #11)

Karen Fiser, Lynne McMahon (Foreword by)


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Winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 2003.

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.

University of North Texas Press, 9781574411720, 80pp.

Publication Date: February 24, 2004

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.