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. My Life by Lyn Hejinian. Extract. You spill the sugar when you lift the spoon. My father had filled an old apothecary jar with what he called “sea.

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My Life by Lyn Hejinian

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Merve EmreDeborah Chasman. Whether breathing or holding the breath, it was the same thing, driving through the hejiinian from one sun to the next under a hot brown hill. If you like poetry, disguised as prose, with sentences oddly juxtaposed enlarging their possible meaning I dothen read this autobiography. 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.

Hejinian avoids the normal biographical trajectories– “here’s how I became a success” or “here are the most important events in my life” — instead she focuses on minutae like the pattern of tiles in a floor. You must go int this collection with zero expectations, she is a Language Poet and writes emphasizing the readers role in interpreting and bringing meaning to lire she has written. 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.

I can keep reading it over and over, each time with a different reading.


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Fortunately, it is written in very short increments for the attention impaired, ny as myself. Ode to Failure Stacy Szymaszek. An experimental intervention oife 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.

I often think confusion and consequent concerted attention to Hejinian is a great way to approach her writing. She lives in Berkeley and teaches at the University of California. Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter.

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. Green Integer May 1, Language: At night, to close off the windows from view of lifd street, my grandmother pulled down the window shades, never loosening the curtains, a gauze starched too stiff to hang properly down.

English Choose a language for shopping. This all contributes to making this a wonderful, astonishing, surprising book; a new way of investigating the experience of being human. May 27, Jackie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Definitely a book for people who love literary theory.

My Life is a necessary text.

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This is a text that is “open” in the sense that it acknowledges so much more than the words with which it is written. I Saw Your Face.

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.

The writing is complex without being hermetic. I don’t mind, or I won’t mind, where the verb “to care” might multiply. 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.


The book’s stucture also allows Hejinian the freedom to stretch out without losing the reader. Customers who bought this item also bought. I find some of these fascinating too and am now wondering if they were tracts ‘lifted’ from Hejinian. What does she mean? 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.

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It presents life as a whole that is at once more than its constituent parts and yet incomplete and ongoing. It buries itself in veracity. First published inand revised in andMy Life is now firmly established in the postmodern canon. Here I refer to hejinkan, that rigidity which never intrudes. Poems and Prose Penguin Classics.

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My Life represents a breakthrough in several respects. Books by Lyn Hejinian. I love mu representations of revisionary memory and the idea of life as a continual work in progress.

About the Author pp. For dorks like me who love to wrestle with literature and walk away a little bit frustrated, this is a brilliant work.

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