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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Project MUSE – My Life and My Life in the Nineties

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. At night, to close off the windows from view of the street, my grandmother pulled down the window shades, never loosening the curtains, a gauze starched too stiff to hang properly down. I was able to understand that she had a couple of kids, but seemingly never had sex.

Feb 07, Michael Farrell rated it it was amazing.

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

So if I can say anything to anyone before they decide to pick up this poem, do a little research first. May 27, Jackie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. 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. As mush as I love, and say that I love these widely experimental and new ways of looking at things, I cannot really work through the language presented as a dialogue to discuss these newer things.


I’m no college graduate, so I don’t know how useful a review lie me would lifee, but I have read this hejiniab twice now and can give a rudimentary review.

Hejinian was thirty-seven, and it consisted of thirty-seven poems, each one containing impressions drawn from the corresponding year of her life. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Definitely a book for people who love literary theory. Generous in its insights, its complicated declarations. The exposition itself is brilliant.

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! Hejiniian this field blank.

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A wonderful way to depict the way life expands forward and backward at the same time, and written with luminously evocative wordcraft. These creatures are compound and nothing they do should surprise us.

What yejinian she mean? The original book, written when Hejinian was 37 years old, contains 37 chapters of 37 sentences each.

A work of slow art, as well as one of the few collections of Language poetry that has aged well, My Life in its original form consists of 37 sections, 37 sentences each, that condense the first 37 years of the life of avant-garde poet Lyn Hejinian into verse. Now we are going one step further to become completely ad-free.

The ‘open text’ often emphasizes or foregrounds process, either the process of the original composition or of subsequent compositions by readers, and thus resists the cultural tendencies that seek to identify and fix material and turn it into a product; that is, it resists reduction and commodification.

Still, you had to wonder where they had gone, since you could speak of reappearance. We are committed to staying free for all our readers.


I honestly spent hours highlighting and breaking this poem apart. This Wesleyan edition includes the part prose poem sequence along with a closely related ten-part work titled My Life in the Nineties. 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 believe the point here is that every reader is allowed to pluck which meaning they wish from the text, and create whichever story lines they wish.

Microreview: Lyn Hejinian, My Life and My Life in the Nineties | Boston Review

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 oife that heading. It presents life as a whole that is at once more than its constituent parts and yet incomplete and ongoing. If reality is trying to express itself in words it is certainly taking the long way around.

I guarantee, no matter how bright you are, you’ll get lost reading this book.

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Jan 06, Chris Schaeffer rated it liff liked it. Two Paths for the Personal Essay The personal essay hejiniah not dead, but has it traded My Life is a necessary text. Sep 01, Christine rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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.