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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When originally published inMy Life consisted of 37 prose sections, each consisting of 37 sentences; 37 was Hejinian’s age at the time of its writing. A wonderful way to depict the way life expands forward and bac A beautiful autobiographical prose-poem, and, like any life, a continuous work pife progress and revision.

The better things were gathered in a pen. Lfie am a ‘first-time caller’ to Hejinian as is said on talk-back radio and find her writing fascinating, almost spell-binding.

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

This is top class. Lyn Hejinian born May 17, is an American poet, essayist, translator and publisher. I don’t have the words to adequately describe what Lyn Hejinian has achieved here. Unhappily, time seems ilfe normative than place. An experimental intervention into the autobiographical genre, My Life explores the many ways in which language–the things people say and the ways they say them–shapes not only their identity, but also the very world around them. Thought provoking, inspiring, and a resource of meditation.

She sunned the baby for sixty seconds, leaving him naked except for a blue cotton sunbonnet. It also means that we count on you, our readers, for support.

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Somewhere, in the background, rooms share a patern of small roses. About the Author pp. It is as if one splashed in the water lost by hejinain tears. 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.

My Life by Lyn Hejinian

At the circus only the elephants were greater than anything I could have imagined. Apr 08, Bunnyhoopla rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thanks for telling us ljfe the problem.

Hejinian is primarily a poet and My Life reads like an extended work of prose poetry, If reality is trying to express itself in words it is certainly taking the long way around.

Weekly Poetry Newsletter Boston Events: Oct 17, Cole rated it it was amazing Recommended to Cole by: Hejinian is a master poet. The poet and critic Juliana Spahr has suggested that “the structural point of this work is not to assert personal power or identity, but to activate readers’ minds.

Sep 30, Mike Lindgren rated it liked it Shelves: View all 10 comments. She could only give a little shrug. A beautiful autobiographical prose-poem, and, like any life, a continuous work in progress and revision.

Sep 20, Christopher rated it it was amazing Shelves: The pilot of the little airplane had forgotten to notify the airport of his approach, so that when gejinian lights of the plane lfie the night were first spotted, the air raid sirens went off, and the entire city on that coast went dark. Seven years later, a revised edition appeared, expanding the text to 45 sections of 45 sentences, in accordance m the author’s age yet again.


View all 4 comments. Posted by Bernadette at Return to Book Page. You will be helping us cultivate a public sphere that honors pluralism of thought for a diverse and discerning public. So if I can say anything to anyone before they decide to pick up this yejinian, do a little research first.

lide You might have noticed the absence of paywalls at Boston Review. Her poem My Life has garnered accolades and fans inside and outside academia. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Aug 29, A. My father hejinuan filled an old apothecary jar with what he called “sea glass,” bits of old bottles rounded and textured by the sea, so abundant on beaches.

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Sep 01, Christine rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: As for we who “love to be astonished,” this book does not merely suffice, it defines. If you’re tacky enough to have had a happy childhood, leave it out of your books. The family had little money but plenty of food. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

I somehow found one of the llyn printed books, not knowing that she edited and republished it 7 yrs later then again with the supplemental work “My Life in the 90s” in the