Lyn Hejinian to read Thursday night
What: Lyn Hejinian reads her poetry
Where: Hurst Lounge, Upstairs in Duncker Hall
When: Thursday, Feb 5, 8 p.m.
Thursday night at 8 pm in Hurst Lounge, located upstairs in Duncker Hall, acclaimed poet Lyn Hejinian will read her work. It is speculated that she will be reading new, as yet unpublished poems, hopefully works that will add yet another achievement to her towering canon.
Born in the Bay Area in 1941, Hejinian is a poet, editor, translator and essayist. She has written and co-written numerous books of poetry, edited journals. Her most famous and well-regarded work is probably “My Life,” a book of prose/language poems first published in 1980. When released in an expanded edition in 1987, “My Life” garnered heaps of praise, winning the 1987 San Francisco State Poetry Center Award and achieving finalist status for the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Book Award. Library Journal described the book as “an intriguing journey that both illuminates and perplexes, teases and challenges.” Poetry Flash wrote that it was full of “hypnotic power, obvious intelligence, and is astonishingly beautiful.” It is the kind of book that is taught in college poetry courses not because it is required reading, but because teachers often like to expose their students to its unique power.
Hejinian’s poetry can be a lot of work to understand, but the intricacy of its language and the immediacy of its images make it for more than just academics. In solid blocks of unbroken lines divided into titled segments, “My Life” captures moments and fleeting thoughts. Her appearance on campus will not be so fleeting-she will also discuss the craft of poetry on the following Thursday, Feb. 12.
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