"From the days of the typewriter," Lyn Hejinian says, "I had been writing all along and always thought that writing was a way of engaging with all the things I was thinking about...a sort of continual process of thinking philosophically, existentially, and theoretically." In this video, recorded at the 2012 Poets Forum, Hejinian discusses her beginnings as a poet, her fascination with theory, and Gertrude Stein.

And don't miss Ron Padgett discuss the New York School and Anne Waldman's conversation about Beat poets.