'What I wanted was nothing to do with monuments' Erring and Lyn Hejinian's The Guard

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Title: 'What I wanted was nothing to do with monuments' Erring and Lyn Hejinian's The Guard
Authors: Williams, Nerys
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7181
Date: 2004
Abstract: In considering Hejinian’s poetry, I will attempt to examine how this transformative approach to theory and practice is orchestrated within the structure of the poetry book. Furthermore, this essay will consider how the figure of the book presents what Hejinian terms a certain “lyric dilemma” or “aporia” between a formal construction and a provisional enquiry. This tension between structure and spontaneity is one which Hejinian’s poetics both embraces and celebrates. Eventually, I will suggest that we can further understand the tensions between formal “containment”, a spontaneous lyricism, and a transformative impulse, through a reading of “erring” in Hejinian’s The Guard (1984). Drawing from Hejinian’s early poetics, an “erring” reading of the momentum and dynamics generated within the scope of her poetry book will allow us to reflect upon the discreet negotiation between intentionality and provisionality which her poetry enacts.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Brill/Rodopi
Subject LCSH: Hejinian, Lyn
American poetry--History and criticism
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Hinds, M. and Matterson, S. (eds.) Rebound: The American Poetry Book
Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection

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