Language of Inquiry Lyn Hejinian

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Language of Inquiry  by  Lyn Hejinian

Language of Inquiry by Lyn Hejinian
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Hejinians essays are a keystone of postwar North American poetics. They are also a great pleasure to read, for Hejinian is an extraordinarily resonant stylist whose work combines the lushness of her poetry with an engaging aesthetic andMoreHejinians essays are a keystone of postwar North American poetics. They are also a great pleasure to read, for Hejinian is an extraordinarily resonant stylist whose work combines the lushness of her poetry with an engaging aesthetic and philosophical inventiveness. This is writing that avoids closure in the pursuit of unfolding, multifaceted, restive thought.

The Language of Inquirys meditations on the possibilities of poetry create an experience in which each reader is at the center. To engage with this work is to be put in touch with oneself as if anew.-Charles Bernstein, author of My Way: Speeches and Poems From 1975, when she wrote A Thought Is the Bride of What Thinking -- the first essay in this collection -- Lyn Hejinian has always regarded poetry and poetics as intimately interwoven: her poetry has sometimes been highly theoretical even as her theoretical and critical peices are nothing if not poetic.

The Language of Inquiry, the first collection of Hejinians essays, lectures, introductions, and meditations, constitutes, in the words of Gertrude Stein, about whom she has written so brilliantly, Hejinians own composition as explanation, culminating in her new long Steinian poem, aptly called Happily. This is an exciting and deeply moving book.-Marjorie Perloff, author of Wittgensteins Ladder Intelligence is romantic.

These essays, prefaces, lectures, aphorisms, portraits, and meditations, by one of Americas most innovative poets, passionately explore, as did the critical writings of Gertrude Stein, Marianne Moore, and Wallace Stevens, the philosophical foundations of contemporary American culture. [For Hejinian, the process of theorizing is . . . a manner of vulnerable, inquisitive, worldly living . . . very closely bound to the poetic process.] The Language of Inquiry brilliantly demonstrates the myriad, paradoxical ways in which philosophy and poetry are indivisible and distinct.

-Susan Howe



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