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Lyn Hejinian

LINEbreak radio program with Charles Bernstein (1996)

(29:16): MP3

Convergence on Poetics, University of Washington Bothell, North Creek Events Center, September 27-30, 2012

  • Lyn Hejinian reading from The Book of a Thousand Eyes (8:40): MP3
  • complete recording (1:55:03): MP3

  • listen to the entire event here

Reading with Carla Harryman, The Wide Road Reading & Book Release Party, Belladonna* Reading Series, New York, December 14, 2011

  • complete reading (1:11:30): MP3

MLA Offsite Reading at ArtShare, LA, January 8, 2011

complete reading (3:51): MP3

Lunchtime reading with Jennifer Scappettone and Rachel Levitsky at the Kelly Writers House on February 26, 2009

complete reading (1:05:18): MP3

PoemTalk Podcast #15, discussing Hejinian's "constant change figures," March 9, 2009

listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2.

Lyn Hejinian on A Voice Box, BRL Reading Series, McNally's Irish Pub, Oakland, March 29, 2008

  • complete reading (19:16): MP3

Reading for Double Change, Paris, January 29, 2007

The Holloway Poetry Series; University of Berkeley, October 12, 2006

  • complete recording with Lisa Robertson, Geoffrey O'Brien, and John Shoptaw (55:59): MP3
  • Lyn Hejinian's portion of the reading (12:07): MP3

Lecture and Reading - produced by Poem Present, University of Chicago, May 10 and 11, 2005

  1. lecture (51:23): MP3, Video
  2. reading (49:47): MP3, Video

Kelly Writers House Fellows Reading, February 21, 2005

reading:

  1. introduction from My Life in the Ninties (11:04): MP3
  2. "This is a hazard of happiness" from The Book of a Thousand Eyes(6:59): MP3
  3. "Once a poignant catalyst..." (0:30): MP3
  4. "The sea as it receives..." (1:10): MP3
  5. "The D baby and her brother..." (1:25): MP3
  6. "I could instruct the children..." (0:22): MP3
  7. "There in your hand..." (1:23): MP3
  8. "I ran to pack..." (0:17): MP3
  9. "The fallen grass in winter..." (1:20): MP3
  10. "Here in a sudden of this to Caesar..." (0:41): MP3
  11. "Once there was a village..." (1:12): MP3
  12. "A woman is expressing sympathy..." (1:04): MP3
  13. "I have this to say..." (0:14): MP3
  14. "Lyn?" (0:05): MP3
  15. "When we want something..." (1:31): MP3
  16. "Constant change figures..." (0:45): MP3
  17. "Walking around, posing..." (2:07): MP3
  18. "My mother keeps her folded bicycle..." (1:55): MP3
  19. "Optically riveted..." (0:33): MP3
  20. "The wife of the merchant George..." (1:27): MP3
  21. "I have lived aboard a ship..." from The Unfollowed(0:43): MP3
  22. "Every minute proves..." (1:01): MP3
  23. "All that the girl thought irrelevant.." (1:25): MP3
  24. "To begin with, I am faced..." (1:29): MP3

question and answer session with Al Filreis:

  1. introduction (5:37): MP3
  2. on Carl Rokosi (1:55): MP3
  3. on "The Fatalist" (15:31): MP3
  4. on Barbarism (4:18): MP3
  5. the western desire to describe (4:11): MP3
  6. "My Life" and compositional practice (2:09): MP3
  7. younger poets and politics (3:21): MP3
  8. poetry and ordinary language (4:08): MP3
  9. terminology in contemporary literary history (4:05): MP3
  10. social aspect of the language movement (1:47): MP3
  11. truncated words (2:44): MP3
  12. poetic practice and technology: engaging texts (3:51): MP3
  13. the anthology process (4:36): MP3
  14. wordplay vs. syntax in "Scheherazade" (4:08): MP3
  15. theory and poetry: shared spaces (4:04): MP3
  16. on Charles William Beebe (6:51): MP3
  17. on Russian influences (4:08): MP3
  18. reading from "the Fatalist" (2:09): MP3

complete reading: (1:20:22): MP3

Reading for the Burning Deck 40th Anniversary Celebration, Providence, May 2001

  1. introduction (2:30): MP3
  2. Book 14 of A Border Comedy (12:11): MP3

Reading as part of The Line Reading Series, March 13, 2001

complete reading (33:38): MP3

Readings at SUNY-Buffalo, November 10, 1999

  • introduction (2:31): MP3
  • Happily (7:09): MP3
  • A Border Comedy (9:32): MP3
  • The Beginner (8:22): MP3
Lyn Hejinian on Gertrude Stein

Kelly Writers House, October 12, 2000

Readings at SUNY-Buffalo, October 23, 1991

  • reading (46:25) (Incomplete): MP3
  • excerpt from "The Cell" (10:27): MP3

Reading with Stephen Ratcliffe and Bill Berkson, Bolinas, 1987

  • complete recording (47:27): MP3
  • My Life (9:08): MP3

Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, September 2, 1985

  1. from "The Guard" (7:05): MP3
  2. from "The Person" (13:50): MP3

St.Mark's Talks, March 30, 1985

  • only the last ten minutes of the talk were recorded

  • discussion (9:03): MP3

Guess Language

  • audio cassette published by Audio Muzixa Qet #C-60 (Madison: 1986)
  • Hejinian reads Redo (Grenada, Miss.: Salt-Works Press, 1984)
  • complete reading (20:38): MP3
  • Cassette publication included Charles Bernstein reading Ambliopia on other side.

Talk on The Rejection of Closure, April 17, 1983

  • part one (48:49): MP3
  • part two (48:16): MP3

Reading at St Mark's, New York, April 8, 1981

  1. introduction (2:07): MP3
  2. Two Cities (4:24): MP3
  3. The Green (13:50): MP3
  4. Six Short Poems (6:52): MP3
  5. Section 37 from My Life (7:02): MP3
  6. Supplement/Section 38 to My Life (6:07): MP3

complete reading (40:51): MP3

Reading from My Life at San Francisco State University, 1979

Note: Each section of this work marks a year in the life of the poet. At this reading, Hejinian read a sequence of four sections, starting with the one "about" her fifth year of life (from 4-5 years old). The sections are untitled but below we identify them by the brief epigram-like phrase or sentence set off from the main text.
  1. introductory comments (0:52): MP3
  2. "What is the meaning hung from that depend" [pp. 20-23; pp. 16-18; 4-5 years old] (4:10): MP3
  3. "The obvious analogy is with music" [pp. 24-26; pp. 19-20; 5-6 years old] (3:06): MP3
  4. "Like plump birds along the shore" [pp. 27-30; pp. 21-23; 6-7 years old] (3:41): MP3
  5. "The inevitable sentiment is a preliminary" [pp. 31-34; pp. 24-26; 7-8 years old] (3:33): MP3
The first page references are for the Green Integer edition of My Life. The second page references are for the Sun & Moon edition.

complete reading (15:27): MP3

Appearing on In the American Tree, hosted by Alan Bernheimer, December 7, 1979

  1. introduction (0:45): MP3
  2. Slack Key (1:03): MP3
  3. Eye brown study no stars (1:02): MP3
  4. Punctual 1 (1:12): MP3
  5. Natural Room (3:33): MP3
  6. on Natural Room (1:06): MP3
  7. on Punctual 1 (0:38): MP3
  8. Number Present (7:52): MP3
  9. on Number Present (4:05): MP3
  10. Easy Go (0:50): MP3
  11. Lower Row the Colors (0:24): MP3
  12. Windows is screens (0:19): MP3
  13. on Easy Go and Windows is screens (1:07): MP3
  14. Not That Car (3:03): MP3
  15. on Not That Car (0:20): MP3
  16. Severed Page (1:51): MP3

complete recording (30:35): MP3

"Lines" Talk Given at the San Francisco Art Institute, July 22, 1979

  • first part (47:55): MP3
  • second part (48:23): MP3
  • third part (11:25): MP3
  • recording courtesy of Bob Perelman

Also of Interest:

  • New Poetics Colloquium, Vancouver, 1985
  • UC Berkeley Lunch Poems: Videos
  • Lyn Hejinian remembers Leslie Scalapino (follow link to read the complete essay)
  • Lyn Hejinian on PennSound Daily

    These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. © 2006, 2005 by Lyn Hejinian. Used with permission of Lyn Hejinian. Distributed by PennSound.