Hearing by Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino

Litmus Press


Softcover / 152 x 229 mm / 104 pp

ISBN 978-1-933959-47-4


“The forming of the five senses is a labor of the entire history of the world down to the present.” — Karl Marx Hearing is the long-awaited second book in a series of collaborations by Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino organized around each of the five senses. Their first collaboration in this series, Sight, was published by Edge Books in 1999. Hejinian and Scalapino were nearing the completion of Hearing when Leslie Scalapino died in 2010. Ten years later, the book is published for the first time with a preface by Hejinian and an afterword by Judith Goldman.

Lyn Hejinian is a poet, essayist, and translator. She is the author of over twenty-five volumes of poetry and critical prose. Her groundbreaking book of poetry, My Life, has had five reprintings from 1980-2002. From 2001-2020, Hejinian taught at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to her academic work, she has long been involved in anti-privatization activism. Leslie Scalapino (1947-2010) was born in Santa Barbara, California and raised in Berkeley. She is the author of thirty books of poetry, prose, inter-genre-fiction, plays, and essays. Her long poem way (North Point Press, 1988) won the Poetry Center Award, the Lawrence Lipton Prize, and the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. She was the editor and founder of O Books.