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The Grand Piano Part 8
Literary Nonfiction. Biography and Memoir. Part Eight in the ongoing series of collective autobiography, THE GRAND PIANO: PART 8 continues to mark the events, movements and intersections among ten contributing 1970s Language poets. THE GRAND PIANO is itself a veering off and an investigation and a playing or experimenting with the materials of language, history, textuality ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 15th 2009 by Mode A (This Press)
(first published 2009)
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I’ve loved all the Grand Pianos in the way I love all autobiographies, where nostalgia and history nuzzle and fuse. Lots of solid poetic information, but I’m guilty of treating each installment as economic porn—a fantasy of the Bay Area and surrounding U.S. before Reagan, tech, the homeless, home prices, and unbridled free markets turned it into the diminished but still beautiful Bohemia I knew, 1986-2006. Folks, we missed the party, but it’s structure was against us, and there’s tactical comfor ...more
Lyn Hejinian (born May 17, 1941) is an American poet, essayist, translator and publisher. She is often associated with the Language poets and is well known for her landmark work My Life (Sun & Moon, 1987, original version Burning Deck, 1980), as well as her book of essays, The Language of Inquiry (University of California Press, 2000).