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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Here I refer to irrelevance, that rigidity which never intrudes. Hejinian is primarily a poet and My Life reads like an extended work of prose poetry, for the focus here remains almost exclusively at sentence level, with word choice and juxtaposition being paramount.

I don’t have the words to adequately describe what Lyn Hejinian has achieved here. It also means that we count on you, our readers, for support. It’s as if each sentence contains a story, many of which will remain mysteries due to their opacity.

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

Topics poetry criticism microreview poetry criticism. I somehow found one of the original printed books, not knowing that she edited and republished it 7 yrs later then again with the supplemental heiinian “My Life in the 90s” in the The things I was saying followed logically the things that I had hejinuan before, yet bore no relation to what I was thinking and feeling.

The chapter headings usually reappear embedded in the subsequent chapter text, hinting at mathematical structures or arrangements between chapters or even sentences? 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.


A work of slow art, as well as one of the few collections of Language poetry that has aged well, My Life in its original form consists of 37 sections, 37 sentences each, that condense the first 37 years of the life of avant-garde poet Lyn Hejinian into verse. View all 10 comments.

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The revised edition which I read was written when she was 45, lifd contains 45 chapters of 45 sentences each. Up there with the absolute best poetry I’ve ever read. Sep 30, Mike Lindgren rated it liked it Shelves: The egg of Columbus, landscape and grammar. Sep 01, Christine rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: So not only are there 8 new chapters, but there are also 8 new sentences added within each of the original 37 chapters.

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

First published inand revised in andMy Life is now firmly established in the postmodern canon. Everything on the boardwalk was shooting toward the sky.

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To ask other readers questions about My Lifeplease sign up. A wonderful way to depict the way life expands forward and backward at the same time, and written with luminously evocative wordcraft.

If reality is trying to express itself in words it is certainly taking the long way around. Hejinian has continued to update the book over time, allowing it to grow with her, and has released a further volume entitled My Life in the Nineties Shark, 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 went off, and the entire city on that coast went dark.


Definitely a book for people who love literary theory. 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. Rewriting Poland Marta Figlerowicz. It feels like a stream-of-consciousness Woolfian-Kundera daydream.

Oct 17, Cole rated it it was amazing Recommended to Cole by: Jul 22, MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it Shelves: But soon, these section phrases hejiinan repeating elsewhere, their initial intuitive impressions shifting more toward meaning based on their each successive placement or added phrasing.

Feb 23, e rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 20, Christopher rated it it was amazing Shelves: These creatures are compound and nothing pyn do should surprise us. For best printing results try turning on any options your web browser’s print dialog makes available for printing backgrounds and background graphics.

Quotes from My Life. For instance, “A pause, a rose, something on paper implicit in the fragmentary text. As for we who “love to be astonished,” this book does not merely suffice, it defines.