Lyn Hejinian is a poet, essayist, and translator. Her groundbreaking book of poetry, MY LIFE, published by Sun & Moon/Green Integer, has had five reprintings from 1980-2002. Her most recent books include A BORDER COMEDY (Granary Books, 2001), SLOWLY and THE BEGINNER (both published by Tuumba Press, 2002), and THE FATALIST (Omnidawn, 2003). The University of California Press published a collection of her essays entitled The Language of Inquiry in 2000. In the spring of 2007, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She teaches in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
My Lifeby Lyn Hejinian
Recognized today as one of the great works of contemporary American literature, My Life is at once a poetic autobiography, a personal narrative, a woman's fiction, and an ongoing dialogue with the poet and her experience. Upon its first Sun & Moon publicationexpanded from the 1980 Burning Deck editionLibrary Journal described the book as one that is an intriguing journey that both illuminates and perplexes, teases and challenges, as it reveals an innovative artist at work. Poetry Flash observed that is has real, almost hypnotic power, obvious intelligence, and [is] astonishingly beautiful. It received the 1987 San Francisco State Poetry Center Award, and was a finalist for the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Book Award.
Since 1987, My Life has been taught in hundreds of college and university courses around the world, and is favorite book of thousands of readers.
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