Lisa Fishman grew up in Pontiac, Michigan. She earned a BA at Michigan State University, where she studied with Diane Wakoski; an MFA at Western Michigan University, where she studied with William Olsen; and a PhD in literature at the University of Utah, with a dissertation on Percy Bysshe Shelley's poetics.
Fishman and her husband, along with poet Richard Meier, run a 12-acre "Poetry Farm" in southern Wisconsin, offering summer internships for poets that exchange accommodations for farm labor. Fishman has taught at Beloit College and Columbia College Chicago.
Magnolia up the road is "unincorporated"
over the cemetery, County Road A
Where are the bees
By the hives and the herb
spiral, rock spiral—hidden
Blackcaps and sumac take over
We begin to hoard time in the mornings, my sister and I
the hottest July
"moderate drought" changed to "extreme drought"
We bought a machine to replace the scythe
We look for cleats to stick to the earth
Must press furiously
blade into spurge
Iridescent Sea Holly growing on the bridge
attracts iridescent wasps, the woman with a belt of trowels said
Ghost-blue ghost silver-gray
The yellow house was in the river, reflected intact
& tasselated corn
There is seeing for as if another
"or of a night language"