Lyn Hejinian: The Unfollowing

by Simon Collings

For over forty years Lyn Hejinian’s work has been asking big questions about who we are and how we live, redefining what we think of as ‘poetry’ in the process.  The seventy-seven fourteen-line poems in her latest book, The Unfollowing, are far from a conventional sonnet sequence. Nothing follows, nothing is resolved. The poems are witty, inventive, sardonic, insightful – it’s brilliant stuff. I have just reviewed it for Stride magazine.