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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Blue rectangles indicate variations of “a pause, a rose, something on paper” throughout the texts. This tangled web of editions seem appropriate for a work that, like much writing of the Language poets, is interested in textuality and the many ways that words can converge and diverge.

The digital edition presented here includes the text from the original Burning Deck edition and from the Green Integer republication of the Sun and Moon edition.

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. Perhaps the way to approach it, at least right now, is through a simple list of pros and cons: This is maybe my favorite book ever.

A truly unique autobiography in which each sentence stands as its own poem without detracting from the book as a whole. 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.

Thus, My Life reminds one that reading is both material and phenomenological. I could read this book once a year and love it for something new each time. Much work from the Language movement similarly crosses and blurs the boundaries between existing forms and genres.

Out there is an aging magician who needs a tray of ice in order to turn his bristling breath into steam. Whether breathing or holding the breath, it was the same thing, driving through the tunnel from one sun to the next under a hot brown hill. Juliana Spahr, “Resignifying Autobiography: The fear of ‘losing’ ideas objectifies knowledge. This Wesleyan edition includes the part prose poem sequence along with a closely related ten-part work titled My Life in the Nineties.

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Interpreting such combinations of events, and the sort of mysticism on which such interpretations are based, is what gives coincidence its bad name. 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.

Hejinian and the Language Movement

Perloff, Poetics of Indeterminacy I could feed those extra words into the sentence already there, rather than make a new one for them, make ky in the given space, ny that would be the same thing, making more sense. 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.

As hdjinian, it challenges most conventions of the genre. This kind of play is a staple of the Language movement. I can keep reading it over and over, each time with a different reading. A revised edition, written when Hejinian was forty-five and containing forty-five sections of forty-five sentences is, then, both an expansion and a revision—it adds years to a life but also hejiniwn the ways those years change the poet’s perspective on what came before.

In this context, repetition—both within and between editions—becomes a complicated matter that raises questions of method when creating a digital edition that brings together multiple versions of the work.

She could only give a little shrug. Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter. Sep hejinixn, Christine rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Preview — My Life by Lyn Hejinian.

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.

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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 to that heading. This is why repetition is essential. Sep 23, Karen rated it it was amazing. Similarly, Jerome McGann points out that texts are not two-dimensional but n -dimensional—they exist in relationships more complex than they are often given credit for, and the question for editors is how to mark or encode this dimensionality.


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.

This oscillation between poetics, the personal, and the political is common with poets associated with the Language movement, for whom liberation is often understood through form. No trivia or quizzes yet. In this way, politics is not represented but enacted, and the formal device of the repeated phrase functions for Hejinian in this way, as an invitation to the reader to step into the text and question the experience of reading what has already been read.

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The windows were narrowed by white gauze curtains which were never loosened. Many of the sentences appear as windows into a life, while others act as brief aphorisms on the making of the book itself.

Rather, I’m interested in exploring how encoding formats entail choices related to the construction of editions, how TEI has grown into a format tied, in multiple ways, to certain methods of interpretation and presentation, and how CSV introduces alternative ties.

However, my argument is not that simpler formats should replace more robust methods of encoding or that any specific format should become standard. Want to Read saving…. 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.