From the May/June/July 2009 issue of The Bloomsbury Review
Saga/Circus (Omnidawn, ISBN: 9781890650346)
Saga and Circus are two distinct, book-length poems in which Lyn Hejinian continues her original explorations with language and form. Circus is a series of prose poems/Flash fictions where characters act in unexpected ways as they reflect on common human experience. Saga is a series of 37 long-lined sections, each imagining a long journey on a sea-going vessel. The result is a complex dance of metaphor, distraction, and unexpected union. Hejinian proves once again why she is one of the most radical and important writers we are fortunate to have.