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. Lyn Hejinian is among the most prominent of contemporary American poets. Her poem My Life has garnered accolades and fans inside and outside academia. My Life (Green Integer Books, 39) [Lyn Hejinian] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Recognized today as one of the great works of.

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I honestly spent hours highlighting and breaking this poem apart. 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.

I often think confusion and consequent concerted attention to Hejinian is a great way to approach her writing. Always loved the ‘sea glass’ of this passage – there’s poetry simply in these two words.

Hejinian is a master poet. A blue room is always dark. I don’t have the words to adequately describe what Lyn Hejinian has achieved here. For those who crave linear narrative, you can definitely find it here if you want it.

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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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. While the sections of the versions in the Spalding Gray edition do not have simple one-to-one relationships, they are presented as such, reducing the edition users’ access to patterns that are important to the text. Hejinian, My Lifesection 7. Uncolored rectangles in that area represent sentences that are repeated from elsewhere in the text.

To ask other readers questions about My Lifeplease sign up. Another significant feature of the work is how it has changed over time. Hejinian’s My Life straddles similar lines. It’s difficult to make lifd evaluation of this book.


The edition presented here was constructed as follows. Hejinian and the Language Movement Hejinian is generally cited as one of the founding members of the Language movement, a group of poets who in the s were largely based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City.

She could only give a little shrug. Taking the form of prose poems, it both does and does not look like we expect an autobiography to look.

In addition to representation, poets associated with the Language movement have also questioned the status of the poetic speaker. Feb 28, Kim rated it it was amazing. Hejinain, “What’s Missing from My Life ,” hejinlan Newer Post Older Post Home.

Thus, the red grid to the left represents the thirty-seven-section Burning Deck edition and the larger green grid to the right represents the expanded forty-five-section version.

Hejinian and the Language Movement

Similarly, the decision to encode the texts used here in a format other than TEI might, I suggest, be seen as a way to historicize the adoption of that format in relation to editions that bring together multiple versions of a work, reminding the reader that Reiman’s original argument in favor of “versioning” was based not on archival integrity or interoperability but on the time and money that could be saved by creating editions using photocopiers.

Lyn Hejinian is among the most prominent of contemporary American poets. It is also a hallmark of feminist experimental writing, establishing a new and distinct voice.

I could read this book once a year and love it for something new each time. The texts from both editions of My Life were first transformed into a single CSV file, essentially a list of all the sentences that would appear in the edition. Apr 29, James rated it it was amazing.

In at age 37 Lyn Hejinian first built this autobiographical structure in 37 sections of 37 sentences, with each section running lynn to the specific year of her life.

Her poem My Life has garnered hejjinian and fans inside and outside academia. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Blue rectangles indicate variations of “a pause, a rose, something on paper” throughout the texts. Sometimes they even speak to the nature of the work itself. Sep 01, Christine rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In the next section I describe the methods used to create an edition based on these ideas of repetition and variation.


Tuesday Poem: My Life by Lyn Hejinian

A wonderful way to depict the way hwjinian expands forward and bac A beautiful autobiographical prose-poem, and, like any life, a continuous work in progress and revision. There is no solitude. Rather than determining matching sentences manually, the edition uses the computed relation scores to determine if a match is found, and these scores are also used to highlight in blue similar sentences found throughout the versions, giving users a way to view the variations of phrases that repeat throughout the work.

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It seems to proclaim itself an autobiography but then refuses hekinian present a coherent story of a life. Each sentence is a ln. But the book’s greatest hejiniab may be its openness to interpretation. No trivia or quizzes yet. The incredibly dense ideas about the fabrications of words and the fabrications of identity are made all the more profound through parataxis and repetition.

The fear of ‘losing’ ideas objectifies knowledge. Mar 09, Zech Soakai rated it liked it. Her writing has nourished me. And while digital systems for presenting multiple versions of works—such as the Versioning Machine [7] —often give readers tools to view matching sections across versions, this experience is determined in part by theoretical and technical constraints. My mother stood at the window watching the only lights that were visible, circling over the darkened city in search of the hidden airport.

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