My Life

My Life Lyn Hejinian
  • Title: My Life
  • Author: Lyn Hejinian
  • ISBN: 9780930900809
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • My Life Lyn Hejinian My Life Recognized today as one of the great works of contemporary American literature My Life is at once poetic autobiography personal narrative a woman s fiction and an ongoing dialogue with the poet an
    Recognized today as one of the great works of contemporary American literature, My Life is at once poetic autobiography, personal narrative, a woman s fiction, and an ongoing dialogue with the poet and her experience Upon its first publication by Sun Moon Press the edition reprinted here the publication Library Journal described the book as one that is an intriguRecognized today as one of the great works of contemporary American literature, My Life is at once poetic autobiography, personal narrative, a woman s fiction, and an ongoing dialogue with the poet and her experience Upon its first publication by Sun Moon Press the edition reprinted here the publication Library Journal described the book as one that is an intriguing journey that both illuminates and perplexes, teases and challenges, as it reveals an innovative artist at work Lyn Hejinian is the author of The Cell, The Cold of Poetry, Writing Is an Aid to Memory and A Border Comedy She lives in Berkeley and teaches at the University of California.
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    1. Lyn Hejinian born May 17, 1941 is an American poet, essayist, translator and publisher She is often associated with the Language poets and is well known for her landmark work My Life Sun Moon, 1987, original version Burning Deck, 1980 , as well as her book of essays, The Language of Inquiry University of California Press, 2000 from


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    1. An excellent poetic autobiography, told in lyrical, repetitious, elliptical prose, slowly passing through a life with baffling clarity, bamboozling starkness and confuddling honesty The chapter headings usually reappear embedded in the subsequent chapter text, hinting at mathematical structures or arrangements between chapters or even sentences As a non poet and rare poetry reader, I m rarely impressed by this sort of high modernist plate spinning trickery, unless it s purely prose, but this boo [...]

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    2. If reality is trying to express itself in words it is certainly taking the long way around.In 1978 at age 37 Lyn Hejinian first built this autobiographical structure in 37 sections of 37 sentences, with each section running parallel to the specific year of her life Eight years later Sun Moon published a second edition for which Hejinian added 8 new sections and 8 new sentences to each previous section Hejinian is primarily a poet and My Life reads like an extended work of prose poetry, for the f [...]

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    3. it seemed we had hardly begun and we were already there a wonderful autobiography in the form of a prose poem like nabokov s autobiography, it is as much concerned with the nature of memory itself as with the story of the writer s life apparently there are 2 editions of this work, the first written at age 37 in 37 segments of 37 sentences each this is the edition i got my hands on and a second edition rewritten at age 45 with 45 segments of 45 sentences each this expansion suggests that this is [...]

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    4. A beautiful autobiographical prose poem, and, like any life, a continuous work in progress and revision The original book, written when Hejinian was 37 years old, contains 37 chapters of 37 sentences each The revised edition which I read was written when she was 45, and contains 45 chapters of 45 sentences each So not only are there 8 new chapters, but there are also 8 new sentences added within each of the original 37 chapters A wonderful way to depict the way life expands forward and backward [...]

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    5. once i was photocopying this for a class, but there was a sheet of labels in the machine, so i had a page of labels with text from my life i put them on my current exercise book for writing poems, which i took to the us in 2004 i hardly wrote any good poems tho i was sick but i had a dream run of meeting people, including lyn unf i seem to have lost my copy of this book

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    6. 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 For me, it is exciting and intriguing and the perfect overlapping of prose poem and autobiography For those who crave linear narrative, you can definitely find it here if you want it 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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    7. I really like Hejinian but this book is hampered by a comfortable middle class sense of continuity that ughhh arghh I can t even finish it, she HAD HORSES, SHE HAD HORSES If you re tacky enough to have had a happy childhood, leave it out of your books I can t believe this predates The Guard Don t give your children horses.

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    8. 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 It feels like a stream of consciousness Woolfian Kundera daydream.

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    9. A truly unique autobiography in which each sentence stands as its own poem without detracting from the book as a whole I could read this book once a year and love it for something new each time.

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    10. Only fragments are accurate Like a stereoscope of images upon images, creating scenes strange with dissonance, or scenes at ease with coming home.What else could I possibly say

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    11. The most stunning piece of LANGUAGE poetry I ve ever read The incredibly dense ideas about the fabrications of words and the fabrications of identity are made all the profound through parataxis and repetition I honestly spent hours highlighting and breaking this poem apart It s a genuine work of art Hopefully she releases a third edition of the poem.I honestly think that people who dislike this book really don t understand the context of LANGUAGE poetry or what the whole genius point of this au [...]

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    12. I don t have the words to adequately describe what Lyn Hejinian has achieved here.I am speechless Her writing has nourished me.

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    13. It s difficult to make an evaluation of this book Perhaps the way to approach it, at least right now, is through a simple list of pros and cons PRO Unique Evocative Poetically charged UnsettlingCON Impenetrable Self absorbed Willfully opaque NonsensicalCf review of Susan Wheeler, Assorted Poems Both are overtly poetic documents that force the reader to make judgments regarding the value of highly associative subjective verse.

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    14. I had to read this book for a poetry class at first it struck me as nonsensical and too unique for its own good However, I must say that this is a book that will stay with me forever I can keep reading it over and over, each time with a different reading This is a text that is open in the sense that it acknowledges so much than the words with which it is written A beautiful and poetic exploration of self, memory, process, and language

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    15. I love the sheer imagistic and synesthetic beauty of the first sentence, A moment yellow, just as four years later, when my father returned home from the war, the moment of greeting him, as he stood at the bottom of the stairs, younger, thinner than when he had left, was purple though moments are no longer so colored.

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    16. this little booklet is so brilliant that i feel the intense urge to underline everythingor place a remarkable indication dot on the ends of each beginning and end i do for only certain portions of other works i read these are the ways in which i dream of writing

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    17. if you don t like postmodernism, you ll be annoyed if you do like postmodernism, you ll fall in love this little, litte, little book is amazing, but it is not for the faint of heart or mind.

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    18. Hejinian is a master poet 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 what she has written.

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    19. Each sentence is a dissertation Thought provoking, inspiring, and a resource of meditation.

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    20. Groundbreaking.

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    21. As for we who love to be astonished, I was

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    22. To some extent, each sentence has to be the whole story What it is it is.

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    23. Up there with the absolute best poetry I ve ever read This is top class No review necessary Just read it.

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    24. As for we who love to be astonished, this book does not merely suffice, it defines.

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    25. Absolutely brilliant This is maybe my favorite book ever.

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    26. Surrealist poetry is a new thing for me and I love the poetic images that set me in a new direction, but my thirst for narrative and vicarious exeperience goes unsatisfied and I m left wanting .

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    27. Definitely a book for people who love literary theory.

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    28. Poet Lyn Hejinian writes a different kind of memoir, a book length series of prose poems that form a lyric memoir that is non sequential, filled with memories, of course, and images too but, above all, language I have long been fascinated with the genre, but would never have read this memoir if I hadn t been introduced to it in my Coursera class on Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, which just finished up and which was amazing These online courses are free, at least for now I have signed u [...]

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    29. I almost have to call this book or series of short poem prose essays amazing How did I hear about it It must have had some connection to Gertrude Stein Hejinian s writing is very obviously Steinian , and poetics and experimental language All of which are really grabbing my attention this year, in my 47th year Sample sentence Please, I imagine a foreign language to be like a thin stick over a creek, one must run on it with great speed so it won t have time to break and without stopping for a seco [...]

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    30. So I don t know how I read the addendum to this book without reading the actual book badreadinghabits2016 Anyway this poet was my professor this semester and this book was recommended to me by one of her grad students, and I m so glad I picked it up during finals week If you ever need short, pithy yet lyrical passages that border on narrative but pull back at the edge, please start here Parts of this were so wonderful and weirdly relatable that I still think about certain phrases even days later [...]

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