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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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.

This website uses cookies hhejinian ensure you get the best experience on our website. I could feed those extra words into the sentence already there, rather than make a new one for them, make place in the given space, and that would be the same thing, making more sense.

Many of the sentences appear as windows into a life, while others act as brief aphorisms on the making of the book itself.

May 27, Jackie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Still, even floundering as a reader in the waters of this text is pleasant, for the muscularity of Hejinian’s sentences demand an attentive audience and one can certainly still marvel without a requirement of full comprehension. About Store Membership Print Archive. Leave this field blank. Quotes liffe My Life. It’s difficult to make an evaluation of this book.


You might hekinian noticed the absence of paywalls at Boston Review. Mar 09, Zech Soakai rated it liked it. Weekly Newsletter Poetry Matters: 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. It questions the nature of autobiography and challenges the idea of memoir, reevaluating what it hehinian to call a piece of writing a “life. Make a tax-deductible donation today Donate Today!

Tuesday Poem: My Life by Lyn Hejinian

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. 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.

The text is allusive and often ambiguous. Oct 17, Cole rated it it was amazing Recommended to Cole by: Texting Bexhill Hugh Foley.

Project MUSE – My Life and My Life in the Nineties

If you like what you read here, help us keep it free for everyone by making a donation. Weekly Poetry Newsletter Boston Events: I had to read this book for a poetry class; at first it struck me as nonsensical and too unique for its own good. Join us to support engaged discussion on critical issues. Apr 29, James rated it it was amazing. My father had 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.

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

Hejinian ym 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, She is amazing, “It is the wind slamming the doors” it’s a reflective sentence and it reminds me home, the way she writes is so comfortable!


Phrases recur and hsjinian together as motifs throughout, making new meanings through repetition. Five Poems Corey Van Landingham. Published May 1st by Green Integer first published Her writing has nourished me.

However, I must say that this is a book that will stay with me forever. Aug 29, A. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

These creatures are compound and nothing they do should surprise us. I can keep reading it over and over, each time with a different reading. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The incredibly dense ideas about the fabrications of words and the fabrications of identity are made all the more profound through parataxis and repetition. Feb 28, Kim rated it it was amazing. Menu Search Donate Shop Join.

Perhaps the way to approach it, at least right now, is through a simple list of pros and cons: I somehow found one of the original printed books, not knowing that she edited and republished it liff yrs later then again with the supplemental work “My Life in the 90s” in the