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 HejinianWritten 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 And how!"
Lyn Hejinian teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, where her academic work is addressed principally to modernist, postmodern, and contemporary poetry and poetics, with a particular interest in avant-garde movements and the social practices they entail. She is the author of over twenty-five volumes of poetry and critical prose, including POSITIONS OF THE SUN (Belladonna*, 2018), The Unfollowing (Omnidawn Books, 2016), THE WIDE ROAD (with Carla Harryman, Belladonna*), SITUATIONS, SINGS: COLLABORATIVELY COMPOSED POEMS (with Jack Collomb, Zephyr Press, 2007), THE BEGINNER (Tuumba Press, 2002), SLOWLY (Tuumba Press, 2002), HAPPILY (The Post-Apollo Press, 2000), and SIGHT (with Leslie Scalapino, Edge Books, 1999). With Barrett Watten, she is the co-editor of A Guide to Poetics Journal: Writing in the Expanded Field 1982- 1998, and the related Poetics Journal Digital Archive (Wesleyan University Press, 2013/2015). She is the co-director (with Travis Ortiz) of Atelos, a literary project commissioning and publishing cross-genre work by poets, and the co-editor (with Jane Gregory and Claire Marie Stancek) of Nion Editions, a chapbook press. In addition to her other academic work, she has in recent years been involved in anti-privatization activism at the University of California, Berkeley.Author City: BERKELEY, CA USA