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My Life and My Life in the Nineties

Lyn Hejinian

Publication Year: 2013

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.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Cover

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p. C-C

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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My Life

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pp. 1-100

A moment yellow, just as four years later, when my father returned home from the war, the moment of greeting him, as he stood at the bottom of the stairs, younger, thinner than when he had left, was purple — though moments are no longer so colored. Somewhere, in the background, ...

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My Life in the Nineties

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pp. 101-141

What? is the fiftieth year of my life now complete? such a living life? such an inconstant one? Imagine the film equivalent of this, one shot per sentence, the shot of this one of . . . . Then suddenly war broke through as I was typing something melodramatic involving an articulate, cognizant rose for money from the radio on the floor behind me, and my...

About the Author

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p. 142-142


E-ISBN-13: 9780819573520
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819573513

Page Count: 152
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series