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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Were we seeing a pattern or merely an appearance of small white sailboats on the bay, floating at such a distance from the hill that they appeared to be making no progress. Menu Search Donate Shop Join. At the circus only the elephants were greater than anything I could have imagined.

Hejinian is a master poet. The things I was saying followed logically the things that I had said before, yet bore no relation to what I was thinking and feeling.

My Life by Lyn Hejinian

These creatures are compound and nothing they do should surprise us. I had to read this book for a poetry class; at first it struck me as nonsensical and too unique for its own good. Rewriting Poland Marta Figlerowicz. Boots Riley’s new film roasts racial Oct 17, Cole rated it it was amazing Recommended to Cole by: The fear of ‘losing’ ideas objectifies knowledge.

No amount is too small. Sep 02, Jessey Nickells rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 work “My Life in the 90s” in the A wonderful way to depict the way life expands forward and backward at the same time, and written with luminously evocative wordcraft.


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Feb 07, Michael Farrell rated it it was amazing. Seven years later, a revised edition appeared, expanding the text to 45 sections lofe 45 sentences, in accordance with the author’s age yet again. 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 live city on that coast went dark. One Day, Tom Cruise M.

Want to Read saving…. If you’re tacky enough to have had a happy childhood, leave it out of your books. Jan 13, Reader rated it it was amazing Shelves: A wonderful way to depict the way life expands forward and bac A beautiful autobiographical prose-poem, and, like any life, a continuous work in progress and revision. I don’t mind, or I won’t mind, where the verb “to care” might multiply.

It also reminds me of some of the passages of prose statements that spammers sometimes use in their email messages to get by server security. First published inand revised in andMy Life is now firmly established in the postmodern canon. Apr 10, Christopher rated it it was amazing Shelves: The chapter headings usually reappear embedded in the subsequent chapter text, hinting at mathematical structures or arrangements between chapters or even sentences? Apr 29, James rated it it was amazing.

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 often think confusion and consequent concerted attention to Hejinian is a great way to approach her writing.

In certain families, the meaning of necessity is at one with the sentiment of pre-necessity. While youthful time may seem all encompassing, remembrance from an older vantage point suddenly breaks apart into neat, ordered decades.


Paperbackpages. Religion is a vague lowing. A truly unique autobiography in which each sentence stands as its own poem without detracting from the book as a whole. Phrases recur and weave together as motifs throughout, making new meanings through repetition.

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About the Author pp. Feb 28, Kim rated it it was amazing. A Political and Literary Forum. All that is nearly incommunicable to my friends. Perhaps the way to approach it, at least right now, is through a simple list of pros and cons: Ode to Failure Stacy Szymaszek. Make a tax-deductible donation today Donate Today! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. My mother stood at the window watching the only lights that were visible, circling over the darkened city in search of the hidden airport.

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. To follow the progress of ideas, or that particular line of reasoning, so full of surprises and unexpected correlations, was somehow to take a vacation. Each sentence is a dissertation.

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