The Fatalist by Lyn Hejinian

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A book-length, syntactically surprising poem divided into many sections, it is interspersed with delightful descriptions of daily experience with references to illustrious writers and thinkers of the past and their systems of philosophical inquiry. It offers humorous reflection upon our species' endless attempts to transmit insight regarding our human condition.

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LYN HEJINIAN is a poet, essayist, and translator. Her groundbreaking book of poetry, My Life, published by Sun & Moon / Green Integer, has had five re-printings from 1980-2002. Her most recent books include A Border Comedy (Granary Books, 2001), Slowly and The Beginner (both published by Tuumba Press, 2002), and The Fatalist (Omnidawn, 2003). The University of California Press published a collection of her essays entitled The Language of Inquiry in 2000. In the spring of 2007, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She teaches in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
Published October 1, 2003 by Omnidawn. 88 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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(Oct.) FYI: Hejinian's My Life remains a signature, oft-assigned long poem (with its own parody site:, and Hejinian, with gentle irony and resolute reflection, updates and re-reckons in a new, separate work, My Life in the Nineties, using the original work's ...

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