My Life and My Life in the Nineties
One major source of joy in reading My Life comes from the collision of various sentences and subjects. In that very collision—vaguely cubist or collagist—lies the humor and pleasure of this text, which is a kind of super-collider, a site for high-energy linguistic experimentation.”—Hank Lazer, Archive Newsletter
New edition of one of the founding works of Language writing
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.
LYN HEJINIAN is the author of A Border Comedy, and The Book of a Thousand Eyes, among many other books. She has also worked in collaboratively-authored projects, including Sight (with Leslie Scalapino, 1999) and The Wide Road (with Carla Harryman, 2010). She is a professor in the English department at the University of California, Berkeley.