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Hejinian, Lyn

Works: 258 works in 464 publications in 5 languages and 13,652 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Biography  Biographies  Portraits  History  Periodicals  Novels in verse  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Printer, Translator, Correspondent
Classifications: PS3558.E4735, 811.54
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A guide to Poetics Journal : writing in the expanded field, 1982/1998, with the copublication of Poetics Journal digital archive by Lyn Hejinian( )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of key texts in the development of contemporary poetics
Poetics journal digital archive by Lyn Hejinian( )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The highly influential Poetics Journal, whose ten issues were published between 1982 and 1998, contributed to the surge of interest in the practice of poetics. Edited by internationally recognized poet/critics Lyn Hejinian and Barrett Watten, the journal presents major conversations and debates, and invites readers to expand on the critical and creative engagements they represent. This archive re-presents virtually all the articles originally published in Poetics Journal, organized alphabetically by author and in searchable form. It features indexes by contributors, keywords, and volume. The writing that appeared in Poetics Journal reflects the development of a range of creative and critical approaches in avant-garde poetry and art over two decades. In making this content newly available, the editors hope to preserve the generative enthusiasm for innovative writing and art it represents, while encouraging new uses and contexts
The best American poetry, 2004( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of a great variety of American poetry published in 2004
A border comedy by Lyn Hejinian( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cell by Lyn Hejinian( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lyn Hejinian is one of today's most esteemed and widely read poets. Her poetic autobiography, My Life, has gained an almost legendary reputation, and is taught in many university and college courses. The Cell, her latest Poetic sequence, was written over a period of her life from October 6, 1986, to January 21, 1989, a time of exploration of the relation of the self to the world, of the objective "person" to the subjective being "as private as my arm." As the title suggests, "the Cell" of this work connotes several things, some contradictory: biological life, imprisonment, closure, and circulation. But it is just the relationships and oppositions of these that Hejinian searches out in a poetry that, like her previous work, displays a magical blend of logic and contradiction, of narrative impetus stopped in its tracks by aphoristic wit."--BOOK JACKET. "These poems will continue to establish her as the inheritor of the rich and intense language of American writers such as Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson."--BOOK JACKET
My life by Lyn Hejinian( Book )

24 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lyn Hejinian is among the most prominent of contemporary American poets. Her poem My Life has garnered accolades and fans inside and outside academia. First published in 1980, and revised in 1987 and 2002, My Life is now firmly established in the postmodern canon. This Wesleyan edition includes the 45-part prose poem sequence along with a closely related ten-part work titled My Life in the Nineties. An experimental intervention into the autobiographical genre, My Life explores the many ways in which language--the things people say and the ways they say them--shapes not only their identity, but also the very world around them."--p. [4] of cover
The book of a thousand eyes by Lyn Hejinian( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written over the course of two decades, The Book of a Thousand Eyes was begun as an homage to Scheherazade, the heroine of The Arabian Nights who, through her nightly tale-telling, saved her culture and her own life by teaching a powerful and murderous ruler to abandon cruelty in favor of wisdom and benevolence. Hejinian?s book is a compendium of "night works"?lullabies, bedtime stories, insomniac lyrics, nonsensical mumblings, fairy tales, attempts to understand at day?s end some of the day?s events, dream narratives, erotic or occasionally bawdy ditties, etc. The poems explore and play with languages of diverse stages of consciousness and realms of imagination. Though they may not be redemptive in effect, the diverse works that comprise The Book of a Thousand Eyes argue for the possibilities of a merry, pained, celebratory, mournful, stubborn commitment to life
Oxota : a short Russian novel by Lyn Hejinian( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 2019 in English and French and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the course of nearly a decade (1983-1991), author Lyn Hejinian visited the USSR seven times, staying frequently with her friends the poet Arkadii Dragomoshchenko and his wife Zina in Leningrad. During this period, she embarked on translating into English several volumes of Dragomoshcheko's poetry, and the two poets began an extensive correspondence, exchanging hundreds of letters until Dragomoshchenko's death in 2012. During her fifth visit, in conversation with Dragomoshchenko and other poets, she decided to write a novel reflecting her experiences of literary and lived life in Leningrad and Moscow. Cognizant of a general sense that the Russian novel is stereotypically "long," she determined that hers would be "short." What resulted is an experimental novel whose structure (284 chapters, each 14 lines long) pays homage to Alexander Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, which is generally regarded to be the first Russian novel: a verse novel composed in 14-line stanzas. From time to time, various members of Dragomoshchenko's circle of friends offered suggestions for the novel, as readers will note. There's abundant narrative content, but anecdotes and events are presented in non-linear form, since they unfolded over extended periods of time and thus came to Hejinian's attention piecemeal. Oxota (which means variously "huntress," "hunt," and "desire" in Russian) is a novel in which contexts, rather than contents, are kept in the foreground."
The cold of poetry by Lyn Hejinian( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetry of the surreal. In The Person, she writes: "Let's get isolated / The temporal is dread / Is there a name / for the imploding series / consciousness of consciousness / Realism and depth perception / The audacious science of the thought / of poetry / Person / holding picture of / person holding picture of ... / Anxiety in space."
The unfollowing by Lyn Hejinian( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Unfollowing is a sequence of elegies, mourning public as well as personal loss. The grief is not coherent. Though the poems are each fourteen lines long, they are not sonnets but anti-sonnets. They are composed entirely of non sequiturs, with the intention of demonstrating, if not achieving, a refusal to follow aesthetic proprieties, and a rejection of the logic of mortality and of capitalism. Outrage, hilarity, anxiety, and ribaldry are not easily separated in the play of human emotions. And they are all the proper, anarchic medium for staying alive
The fatalist by Lyn Hejinian( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in English and Danish and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Past lives : photographs by Martha Casanave( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing is an aid to memory by Lyn Hejinian( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I am always conscious of the disquieting runs of life slipping by," writes Lyn Hejinian in the Preface to this major early work of poetry. "Necessity is the limit with forgetfulness, but it remains undefined. Memory is the girth, or again." In this incredible work, Hejinian takes the idea of memory as something repeated, or "a gain," something that contributes and advances presentness. First published by The Figures in 1978, this work has long been unavailable and has been highly sought by the numerous readers and students of Hejinian's work. Her works My Life, The Cell, and The Cold of Poetry are taught in universities internationally, and have created a large audience for her writing. Writing Is an Aid to Memory will make available, once again, an important part of her oeuvre
Xenia by A Dragomoshchenko( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perloff notes that Dragomoschenko's "is a poem of the body, of the 'skin of sun that turned into the reverse side of touch ... ' Parody, pastiche, even irony - these play a subordinate role to passion, and especially to vision." Writing in The Hungry Mind Review, American poet C.D. Wright concluded: "This is poetry. Immodest. Magisterial. More or less impenetrable. The relation of language is potential but not improvisational. The vocabulary for this is happily idiosyncratic
Happily by Lyn Hejinian( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Endarkenment : selected poems by A Dragomoshchenko( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Major collection by a contemporary Russian avant-garde master
Writing is an aid to memory by Lyn Hejinian( Book )

6 editions published between 1978 and 1983 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Situations, sings by Jack Collom( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Description by A Dragomoshchenko( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slowly by Lyn Hejinian( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The best American poetry, 2004
A border comedyMy lifeThe cold of poetryThe fatalistWriting is an aid to memoryXeniaHappilySituations, singsSlowly
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Lyn Hejinian

Lyn Hejinian American poet, essayist, translator, publisher

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Lyn Hejinian Poet, essayist, translator, publisher

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