Lyn Hejinian

Lyn Hejinian

John F. Hotchkis Professor of English
Wheeler Hall, room 406
Wednesdays 2-4



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A Guide to Poetics Journal:  Writing in the Expanded Field 1982-1998 A Guide to Poetics Journal: Writing in the Expanded Field 1982-1998
Between 1982 and 1998, Lyn Hejinian and Barrett Watten edited the highly influential Poetics Journal, whose ten issues contributed to a surge of interest in the practice of poetics.  A Guide to Poetics Journal presents the major conversations and debates from the journal, and invites readers to expand on the critical and creative engagements they represent.....
Book of a Thousand Eyes Book of a Thousand Eyes
Ranging widely in subject and tone, this collection of prose begins as an homage to Scheherazade—the heroine of The Arabian Nights whose 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. Mirroring Scheherazade’s tactic, this lyrical exploration offers diverse works including lullabies, fairy ta....
My Life and My Life in the Nineties My Life and My Life in the Nineties
Lyn Hejinian's My Life is one of the foundational texts of Language Poetry.  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.....
The Wide Road The Wide Road
Poetry. Fiction. Cross-Genre. What would have happened had Thelma and Louise not driven off the cliff but stayed on the road? In Carla Harryman and Lyn Hejinian's picaresque novella, friendship lives on to follow eros through a polymorphic landscape where their fearless, inquisitive "we" encounters "hunger in two places at once." THE WIDE ROAD was collaboratively composed by Carla Harryman and Ly....
Saga / Circus Saga / Circus
Saga / Circus, by the esteemed poet Lyn Hejinian, brings us two distinctly different long poems in which the tropes of narrative and lyric—their feints and demands—stake claims amongst the actual characters presented. In this playful yet penetrating pair of poems, it is the character of Lyn Hejinian's thought meeting our character of thought that is one of the most exciting and most constant dram....

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

poetry:Saga / Circus (Omnidawn Books, 2008)Situations, Sings (written with Jack Collom; Adventures in Poetry, 2008)The Lake (with Emilie Clark; Granary Books, 2004)My Life in the Nineties (Shark Books, 2003)The Fatalist (Omnidawn Books, 2003)Slowly (Tuumba Press, 2002)A Border Comedy (Granary Books, 2001) The Beginner (Spectacular Books, 2000; Tuumba Press, 2002) Happily (Post-Apollo Press, 2000)Sight (written with Leslie Scalapino; Edge Books, 1999)Oxota: A Short Russian Novel (The Figures, 1991)My Life (second version; Sun & Moon Press, 1987) volumes of critical prose:The Language of Inquiry (University of California Press, 2000)Leningrad, written with Michael Davidson, Ron Silliman, Barrett Watten (Mercury House, 1991) translations:Description, poems by Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (Sun & Moon Press, 1990)Xenia, poems by Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (Sun & Moon Press, 1994) 

Current Research

Professor Hejinian also works on modernist and postmodern literature, American postwar experimental literature, Gertrude Stein, the Objectivists, Language Writing, Soviet Russian poetry, translation, small press publishing, and questions of aesthetics and ethics.

Recent English Courses Taught