Slowly by Lyn Hejinian

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Poetry. "I am very much interested in abstraction in language, in pushing language to the point that it becomes fact itself rather than some intermediary or condition."-Lyn Hejinian Written between November 20, 2000 and September 24, 2001, SLOWLY explores a longer breath than Hejinian's previous poetry, and a more variable, percussive rhythm than her previous prose. The distinction between Sentences and Lines; that which pitches a work towards poetry or secures it within prose, is more difficult here than before, and whatever it is, it stops. It backs up and picks a new direction:"A pelican becomes a cloud, a cloud becomes / a wire, a wire binds Shostakovitch to the stained wall / of a small room becoming this in other words that / becoming my decision

About Lyn Hejinian

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Lyn Hejinian is the author of Happily, My Life, and The Language of Inquiry. She recently received the 66th Fellowship from The Academy of American Poets for distinguished poetic achievement at mid-career. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Published May 29, 2002 by Tuumba Press. 43 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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If Happily—Hejinian's previous offering from what appears to be a series of short book-length works—can be considered a poem of the day, framing experience as a linked series of charged, ephemeral pleasures, then Slowly is a poem of night: "Everyone knows that in the dream called 'Will My Spiri...

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