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A Brief Guide to Language Poetry
An Anatomy of the Long Poem
by Rachel Zucker
Beyond the Manifesto: Language Poetry and Lyn Hejinian's The Language of Inquiry
by Srikanth Reddy
From the Archive: Lyn Hejinian and Jean Valentine
Groundbreaking Book: My Life by Lyn Hejinian (1980)
Lyn Hejinian and Emilie Clark: Unexpected Art
Poets Forum 2010 Highlight: Discussion Panels
Report: The Poets Forum on Aesthetic Diversity
Some Thoughts on Lyn Hejinian's Happily
by Claudia Rankine
Poets Forum Reading: Free Audio Download
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E-mail Symposium on Russian Postmodernism
Lyn Hejinian was a participant. From Postmodern Culture, January 1993.
Lyn Hejinian
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At the Granary Books site.
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Lyn Hejinian

Lyn Hejinian

Lyn Hejinian was born in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1941. Poet, essayist, and translator, she is also the author or co-author of several books of poetry, including The Book of a Thousand Eyes (Omnidawn Publishing, 2012), Saga/Circus (2008), The Fatalist (2003), My Life in the Nineties (Shark, 2003), and A Border Comedy (2001).

Other collections include The Beginner (2000), Happily (2000), Sight (with Leslie Scalapino, 1999), The Cold of Poetry (1994), The Cell (1992), My Life (1980), Writing Is an Aid to Memory (1978), and A Thought Is the Bride of What Thinking (1976). She is also the author of The Language of Inquiry (University of California Press, 2000), a collection of essays.

From 1976 to 1984, Hejinian was editor of Tuumba Press, and since 1981 she has been the co-editor of Poetics Journal. She is also the co-director of Atelos, a literary project commissioning and publishing cross-genre work by poets.

About Hejinian's book The Fatalist, the poet Juliana Spahr has written, "Hejinian's work often demonstrates how poetry is a way of thinking, a way of encountering and constructing the world, one endless utopian moment even as it is full of failures."

Her honors include a Writing Fellowship from the California Arts Council, a grant from the Poetry Fund, and a Translation Fellowship (for her Russian translations) from the National Endowment of the Arts. She received the sixty-sixth Fellowship from The Academy of American Poets for distinguished poetic achievement at mid-career. She was elected an Academy Chancellor in 2006. She lives in Berkeley, California.


Lyn Hejinian discusses poetry and place at the 2008 Poets Forum.    From the Image Archive

Poems by
Lyn Hejinian

Happily [excerpt]
The Book of a Thousand Eyes [A dream, still clinging like light to the dark, rounding]
The Book of a Thousand Eyes [I love says the acrobat]
The Book of a Thousand Eyes [Rain, queen]
The Book of a Thousand Eyes [The Lost Pines Inn would be a good name for a motel]
The Book of a Thousand Eyes [To achieve reality]
The Future
Unfollowed Figment

Read by
Lyn Hejinian

Tender Buttons [A Light in the Moon] by Gertrude Stein

Prose by
Lyn Hejinian

The Language of Inquiry [Introduction]
Leslie Scalapino Remembered
On Happily
Video: Hejinian, Padgett, Phillips, & Ryan on "Wild & Strange Language"
Video: On "Pure Poetry"
Video: Poetry and Place

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