Ann Fisher Wirth
102 pp. Original Paperback
6" x 8 ˝" ISBN 1-931122-15-6
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American poets have written what gets called ‘the autobiographical lyric.’
Very few poets have written it with such fierce and stinging accuracy. [Ann
Fisher-Wirth] is, stylistically, a realist and a modernist. Like William Carlos
Williams . . . she can be a little headlong, perhaps a little ruthless, and that
quality gives this book, which also has the virtues of tenderness and
attentiveness, its steel and its nerve."
—Robert Hass, former U.S. poet laureate, author, most recently, of the collection Sun Under Wood.
rank, proud, precise, unafraid of either deep pain or deep joy, these poems
remind me of horses in a pasture, always aware of their power and grace, even in
repose, and always, completely natural. It is not just the poet who is acutely
alive, in this work, but, somehow, the poems themselves."
—Rick Bass, Author, The Hermit’s Story: Stories, The Roadless Yaak, and others.
Ann Fisher-Wirth lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where she teaches poetry and environmental literature at the University of Mississippi. She is the author of William Carlos Williams and Autobiography: The Woods of His Own Nature and of numerous essays on American literature. In 2002-2003 she held the Chair of American Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. She and her husband Peter Wirth have five children.