My Life. Lyn Hejinian. Recognized today as one of the great works of contemporary. American literature, My Life is at once a poetic autobiogra- phy, a personal. 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. Note: This is the sixth section of My Life, “marking” Lyn Hejinian’s sixth year, It appears on pp. of the Sun & Moon edition (). An overview of.

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She wanted one where the playground was dirt, with grass, shaded by a tree, from which would hang a rubber tire as a swing, and when she found it she sent me. Lyn Hejinian born May 17, is an American poet, essayist, translator and lite. A wonderful way to depict the way life expands forward and backward at the same time, and written with luminously evocative wordcraft. No trivia or quizzes yet. Susan SontagGeoffrey Movius.

I sat on the windowsill singing sunny lunny teena, ding-dang-dong. The personal essay is not dead, but has it traded She is amazing, “It is the wind slamming the doors” it’s a reflective sentence and it reminds me home, the way she writes is so comfortable! Geoffrey Movius in conversation with Susan Sontag.

Microreview: Lyn Hejinian, My Life and My Life in the Nineties

For dorks like me who love to wrestle with literature and walk away a little bit frustrated, this is a brilliant work. It was not specific to any year, but very early. Why would anyone find astrology interesting when it is possible to learn hejinisn astronomy.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. I am a ‘first-time caller’ to Hejinian as is lyh on talk-back radio and find her writing fascinating, almost spell-binding. Sorry, Not Sorry Boots Riley’s new film roasts racial Join us to support engaged discussion on critical issues.


Merve EmreDeborah Chasman. However, Hejinian keeps overall coherence at arm’s length: It is the wind slamming the doors.

Aug 10, Michael added it Shelves: Lyn Hejinian is among the most prominent of contemporary American poets. Sep 01, Christine rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

This is a text that is “open” in the sense that it hejiniah so much more than the words with which it is written. If you’re tacky enough to have had a happy childhood, leave it out of your ljfe. Somewhere, in the background, rooms share a patern of small roses. I can keep reading it over and over, each time with a different reading.

My mother stood at the window watching the only lights that were visible, circling over the darkened city in search of the hidden airport. Not easy, but hejinizn stunner.

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Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. I love the sheer imagistic and synesthetic beauty of the first sentence, “A moment yellow, just as four years later, when my father returned home from the war, the moment of greeting him, as he stood at the bottom of the stairs, younger, thinner than when he had left, was purple–though moments are no longer so colored.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Weekly Newsletter Poetry Matters: Apr 08, Bunnyhoopla rated it it was amazing Shelves: Still, even floundering as a reader in the waters of this text is pleasant, for the muscularity of Hejinian’s sentences demand an attentive audience and one can certainly still marvel without a requirement of full comprehension.


I find some of these fascinating too and am now wondering if they were tracts ‘lifted’ from Hejinian.

Oct 17, Cole rated it it was amazing Recommended to Cole by: Menu Search Donate Shop Join. Such a lovely and odd book. Sep 20, Christopher rated it hejinlan was amazing Shelves: Feb 23, e rated it it was amazing Shelves: Boston Review-sponsored events in the Boston area Reading List: I love the representations of revisionary memory and the idea of life as a continual work in progress.

In lieu of chapters, Hejinian begins each brief section with a phrase like “a pause, a rose, something on paper”and the section that follows doesn’t trace much of a narrative connection to that heading.

Tuesday Poem: My Life by Lyn Hejinian

At night, to close off the windows from view of the street, my grandmother pulled down the window shades, never loosening the curtains, a gauze starched too stiff to hang properly down. While we have you Sorry, Not Sorry Robin D. Born in in Oakland, California, where Gertrude Stein had grown up fifty years earlier, Lyn Hejinian is a poet, essaysist, translator, and publisher who currently lives and teaches in Berkeley, California.

In at age 37 Lyn Hejinian first built this autobiographical structure in 37 sections of 37 sentences, with each section running parallel to the specific year of her life.

I don’t mind, or I won’t mind, where the verb “to care” might multiply.