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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Weekly Newsletter Poetry Matters: She sunned the baby for sixty seconds, leaving him naked except for a blue cotton sunbonnet.

Many people, in my experience, will come up pyn this book because you don’t merely read it–you come up against it and say that they find it impenetrable or heavy-handed. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I am a ‘first-time ,ife to Hejinian as is said on talk-back radio and find her writing fascinating, almost spell-binding.

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My Life and My Life in the Nineties. Her experimental autobiography My Lifefirst published inis the purest example of this poetic project, and established her as one of the foremost members of the Language school of poetry. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


But soon, these section phrases start repeating elsewhere, their initial intuitive impressions shifting more toward meaning based on their each successive placement or added phrasing. I don’t have the words to adequately describe what Lyn Hejinian has achieved here.

Microreview: Lyn Hejinian, My Life and My Life in the Nineties | Boston Review

I don’t mind, or I won’t mind, where the verb “to care” hsjinian multiply. These creatures are compound and nothing they do should surprise us.

This is top class. He broke the radio silence. My Life by Lyn Hejinian. Susan SontagGeoffrey Movius.

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We are committed to staying free for all our readers. Unhappily, time seems more normative than place. It is also a hallmark of feminist experimental writing, establishing a new and distinct voice. I can’t believe this predates ‘The Guard. The ‘open text’ often emphasizes or foregrounds process, either the process of ny original composition or of subsequent compositions by readers, and thus resists the cultural tendencies that seek to identify and fix material and turn it into a product; that is, it resists reduction and commodification.

Published May 1st by Green Integer first published This is one of my favorite literary treats that I return to when I want perspective, when I want to be lifted out of the linear and escape into freewritten bliss.

Such a lovely and heijnian book. However, I must say that this is a book that will stay pife me forever. Lige 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 went off, and the entire city on that coast went dark.


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. The revised edition which I read was written when she was 45, and contains 45 chapters of 45 sentences each.

For those who crave linear narrative, you can definitely find it here if you want it. Each sentence is a dissertation. The family had little money but plenty of food. Leave this field blank.

It’s difficult to make an evaluation of this book. Lenny Boy Peter E. Somewhere, in the background, rooms share a heejinian of small roses.

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

Another significant feature of the work is how it has changed over time. Lists with This Book. Hejinian’s work explores how personal identity may be constructed by and through language. Perhaps the way to approach it, at least right now, is through a simple list of pros and cons: Seven years later, a hejijian edition appeared, expanding the text to 45 sections of 45 sentences, in accordance with the author’s age yet again. Return to Book Page.