Hejinian's important collection of poetry from 1978, available again....
|Title||:||Writing Is an Aid to Memory|
|Number of Pages||:||64 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Writing Is an Aid to Memory Reviews
And I thought Gertrude Stien's "Tender Buttons" was a tough read. At least Lyn Hejinian breaks up her prose with lots of line breaks and white space. For a writer, this long prose poem of the language poetry genre is just a lesson in semantics-making every word count which Lyn does very well here. Onomatopeia and musical references are also a recurring theme, no doubt influenced by her second marriage to musician Larry Ochs.This is not light reading, neither would I recommend it for pleasure unless you actually enjoy banging your head on a desk. I only read it for my English class. Now I'm off to write a short thesis on it. Perhaps the frustration of searching for leitmotifs in a jumble of abstract words? Wish me luck.
Cerebrally, there's a lot to like here. I respect the project and enjoy the line and word play. But I struggled to find an emotional toehold.