My Life has ratings and 62 reviews. Michael said: A work of slow art, as well as one of the few collections of Language poetry that has aged well. Lyn Hejinian is among the most prominent of contemporary American poets. Her poem My Life has garnered accolades and fans inside and outside academia. My Life (Green Integer Books, 39) [Lyn Hejinian] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Recognized today as one of the great works of.

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There heminian no discussion topics on this book yet. Acknowledgments I’d like to thank Lyn Hejinian and Brian McHale for their generous input and feedback on this edition.

Hejinian and the Language Movement

The rest are citations and footnotes. Sep 02, Jessey Nickells rated it it was amazing Shelves: The revised edition which I read was written when she was 45, and contains 45 chapters of 45 sentences each. It’s difficult to make an evaluation of this book.

The fear of ‘losing’ ideas objectifies knowledge. View all 10 comments. Interpreting such combinations of events, and the sort of mysticism on which such interpretations are based, is what gives coincidence ,ife bad name.

He was taking a drink of water and the light was growing dim.

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At the circus only the elephants were greater than anything I could have imagined. When Hejinian writes “Between plow and prow,” [23] we might, lige example, wonder if she is finishing an implied riddle that begins, “What is the difference between.

Throughout My Lifesentences repeat themselves, sometimes identical to their last appearance and sometimes slightly changed. The area at the bottom of the right grid represents the sections added in the later forty-five-section edition.


The chapter headings usually reappear embedded in the subsequent chapter text, hinting at mathematical structures or arrangements between chapters or even sentences? Religion is a vague lowing. My Life in the Nineties pp.

Not easy, but a stunner. It’s a genuine work of art.

This Press, It questions the nature of autobiography and challenges the idea of memoir, reevaluating what it means to call a lofe of writing a “life. For those who crave linear narrative, you can definitely find it here if you want it.

Sometimes they even speak to the nature of the work itself.

Tuesday Poem: My Life by Lyn Hejinian

A revised edition, written when Hejinian was forty-five and containing forty-five sections of forty-five sentences is, then, both an expansion and a revision—it adds years to a life but also reflects the ways those years change the poet’s perspective on what came before.

While the Language movement has produced writing in a wide range of styles, associated writers share an opposition to narrative as well hejniian to straightforward representation and personal expression, preferring instead to experiment with syntax, structure, and the materiality of language. The better things were gathered in a pen. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a work that deals with the changes brought on by time, My Life has a somewhat complicated publication history.

One begins as a student but becomes a friend of clouds. Hejinian hejiinan a hejiniann poet.

Aug 29, A. Thus, the grid representing the Burning Deck edition consists of thirty-seven rows of thirty-seven rectangles, and the grid representing the Green Integer reprint of the Sun and Moon edition consists of forty-five rows of forty-five rectangles. The pilot of the little airplane had forgotten to notify the airport of his approach, so that when the lights of the plane in the night were first spotted, the air raid sirens hejiinan off, and the entire city on that coast went dark.


May 27, Jackie rated it it was amazing Shelves: She could only give a little shrug. It seems to proclaim itself an autobiography but then refuses to present a coherent hejjnian of a life. Multiply hejimian works by members of the group have m similar effect, as Watten has pointed out in relation to Hejinian and Harryman’s novel, The Lhn Roadwritten together over twenty years, and Legenda collection of pieces authored by Andrews, Bernstein, Ray DiPalma, McCaffery, and Silliman, in various combinations.

Apr 29, James rated it it was amazing. Sep 20, Christopher rated it it was amazing Shelves: Many people, in my experience, will come up against this book because you don’t merely read it–you come up against it and say that they find it impenetrable or heavy-handed. Out there is an aging magician who needs a tray of ice in order to turn his bristling breath into steam.

Representations of repetition and variation, then, hinge on theoretical positions, standards of encoding and systems for visualizing an eventual edition. I am a ‘first-time caller’ to Hejinian as is said on talk-back radio and find her writing fascinating, almost spell-binding. While this method of encoding leaves out metadata such as section breaks, the formal constraints unique to Hejinian’s text allow these llfe to be reassembled when the edition is reconstructed.

The composition must begin over and over again; the same words. Books by Lyn Hejinian. Traditional approaches to editing have tended to view repetition and variation in relation to the processes of writing, revision, and publication.