Alisoun Sings


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Nightboat Books
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5.2 X 0.5 X 7.2 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Caroline Bergvall is a writer of French-Norwegian origins based in London. She works across artforms, media and languages; her projects alternate between books, audio pieces, collaborative performances and language installations. Her publications include Drift (recipient of the Cholmondeley Award for Poetry), Meddle English: New and Selected Texts (recently translated into the French: L'Anglais mêlé), and Fig, as well as a DVD of earlier installations, Ghost Pieces: five language-based installations (2010). Recent group shows/festivals: Fundacio Tapiès (Barcelona), Theatre du Grütli (Geneva), The Serpentine Gallery (London), MOMA (NY), DIA Arts Foundation (NY), and Tate Modern (London). Recently completed a performance version of Drift, which toured Europe in 2014-2105. She has been the director of the Performance Writing program at Dartington College of Arts (1995-2000), co-Chair of the MFA in Writing, Bard College (2005-2007), recent guest faculty at Naropa University, and the Judith E. Wilson Fellow in Poetry and Drama at the University of Cambridge (2012-2013). Caroline is currently a Visiting Professor in Medieval Studies at King's College London.


"Cross-disciplinary artist and writer Bergvall (Meddle English: New and Selected Texts) leads readers on a wind-swept and redolent journey, lost in the sea's fog. At the book's core is the 10th-century poem "Seafarer," an Anglo-Saxon classic of exploration that the poet reconceives as a performance piece. Bergvall toys with the ancient and unfamiliar English, a process both like and unlike translation, resulting in a lyric and strange opening, the letters blown in and out of sense as "Stormed by winter land fell away."--Publishers Weekly "The book's first section begins with a flummoxing series of sixteen line drawings. Mostly horizontal, sometimes partially crosshatched vertically or diagonally or developing into ovoid circles, they display gestures of line and smudge, redaction and emphasis, but no hint of alphabet. We find ourselves at the creative intersection of assertion and cross-out, musical staff lines awaiting notes, the exciting brink of language emerging from a lineated sea."--Dana Levin, Boston Review "What is the nature of inquiry? What does it mean to "ask the question"? How does the poetic process have an impact on cultural excavation? Caroline Bergvall's compelling Drift explores these questions and more. A larger project made up of linked components, this book is overwhelmed with the thoughts of an immense ethnographic space, a vast cultural chamber--one that exists above and around the poet, but also through which Bergvall approaches herself. She is the ongoing researcher, the protagonist bent upon seeking a truth through attentiveness"--Greg Bem, Rain Taxi