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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

reading from "The Fatalist" (3:51): MP3

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

  1. reading from "Six Positions of the Sun" (7:15): MP3
  2. on "The Positions of the Sun" (8:11): MP3
  3. on landscape (3:47): MP3
  4. on project timing (1:40): MP3
  5. on lateness (1:11): MP3
  6. on aesthetic practice (0:50): MP3
  7. on Bonnard (1:53): MP3
  8. on the peripheral (0:29): MP3

complete reading and discussion (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

  1. Introduction to "Happily" (1:35): MP3
  2. from "Happily" (8:05): MP3
  3. from "Oblivion" (7:29): MP3
  4. from "The Person" (2:05): MP3
  • complete reading (19:16): MP3

Reading for Double Change, Paris, January 29, 2007

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

  1. From "Slowly" (7:14): MP3
  2. From "The Book of a Thousand Eyes" (2:29): MP3
  3. "There in your hand..." (1:39): 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. Introduction (6:41): MP3
  2. Introduction to "Lola" (4:54): MP3
  3. From "Lola" (19:58): MP3
  4. Introduction to "Slowly" (3:51): MP3
  5. From "Slowly" (9:26): MP3
  6. From "The Book of a Thousand Eyes" (5:06): MP3

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

MLA Poetry Reading, with David Bromige and Leslie Scalapino, 1998

complete recording (1:06:36): MP3

Talk at Kings College, 1998

From the Talk Series curated by Bob Perelman

  • Tape 1 (46:01): MP3
  • Tape 2 (45:55): MP3

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

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

From the Talk Series curated by Bob Perelman

  • first part (47:55): MP3
  • second part (48:23): MP3
  • third part (11:25): MP3

"Chronic Ideas," 1220 Folsom Street, San Francisco, September 29, 1977

From the Talk Series curated by Bob Perelman

  • Tape 1 (44:10): MP3
  • Tape 2 (44:27): MP3

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.