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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Microreview: Lyn Hejinian, My Life and My Life in the Nineties | Boston Review
Preview — My Life by Lyn Hejinian. My Life by Lyn Hejinian. She lives in Berkeley and teaches at the University of California. Paperbackpages. Published May 1st by Green Integer first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about My Lifeplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 10, Michael added it Shelves: 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.
View all 4 comments. Jul 22, MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it Shelves: The chapter headings usually reappear embedded in the subsequent chapter text, hinting at mathematical structures or arrangements between chapters or even sentences?
All that matters is what the artist committed. The rest are citations and footnotes. View all 10 comments. If reality is trying to express itself in words it is certainly taking the long way around. In 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.
Hejinian is primarily a poet and My Life reads like an extended work of prose poetry, If reality is trying to express itself in words it is certainly taking the long way around. 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.
Amidst the presumed memory fragments and repeated anchor phrases, pithy statements rise from the text: The fear of ‘losing’ ideas objectifies knowledge.
Microreview: Lyn Hejinian, My Life and My Life in the Nineties
A person is a bit of space that has gotten itself in moments. One begins as a student but becomes a friend of clouds.
At just over pages one could call this a short book, and yet the density of Hejinian’s prose defies that characterization. It’s as if each sentence contains a story, many of which will remain mysteries due to their opacity. Bejinian, 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.
Jun 30, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of my favorite literary treats that I return ,y 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. Jan 20, Anthony rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 15, Steve Morrison rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 bac A beautiful autobiographical prose-poem, and, like any life, a continuous work in progress and revision. A wonderful way to depict the way life expands forward and backward at the same time, and written with luminously evocative wordcraft.
Such a lovely and odd book. I love the representations of revisionary memory and the idea of life as a continual work in progress. Feb 07, Michael Farrell rated it it was amazing. Oct 17, Cole rated it it was amazing Recommended to Cole by: 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. Jan 06, Chris Schaeffer rated it really liked it.
If you’re tacky enough hejiniwn have had a happy childhood, leave it out of your books. I can’t believe this predates ‘The Guard. Sep 02, Jessey Nickells rated it liff was amazing Shelves: 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. What else could I possibly say? Dec 25, Renee rated it it was amazing Shelves: The incredibly dense ideas hejniian the fabrications of words and the fabrications of identity are made all the more 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 “autobiography” is. So if I can say anything to anyone before they decide to pick up this poem, do a little research first.
I don’t have the words to adequately heninian what Lyn Hejinian has achieved here. Her writing has nourished me. Sep 30, Mike Lindgren rated it liked it Shelves: 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: Nov 19, Canova rated it it was amazing. 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 more than the words with which it is written.
A beautiful and poetic exploration of self, memory, process, and language Apr 08, Bunnyhoopla rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
May 27, Jackie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 01, Christine rated it hejiniaj was amazing Recommends it for: Jan 03, Emily rated it liked it. Hejinian is a master poet.
You must go int this collection with zero nejinian, she is a Language Poet and writes emphasizing the readers role in interpreting and bringing meaning to what she has written. Sep 23, Karen rated it it was amazing. Each sentence is a dissertation.
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Thought provoking, inspiring, and a resource of meditation. Jan 13, Reader rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hejjnian 29, James rated it it was amazing. Sep 20, Christopher rated it it was amazing Ehjinian Apr 10, Christopher rated it it was amazing Shelves: Up there with the absolute best poetry I’ve ever read.
This is top class. Feb 23, e rated it it was amazing Shelves: As for we who “love to be astonished,” this book does not merely suffice, it defines. Feb 28, Kim rated it it was amazing. This is maybe my favorite book ever. Aug 29, A.