Poetry. "Jen Bervin has reimagined Shakespeare as our true contemporary. Her little poems sing"—Paul Auster
In NETS, poet and artist Jen Bervin strips Shakespeare's sonnets "bare to the nets," chiseling away at the familiar lines to reveal surprising new poems, while pointing obliquely at the unavoidably intertextual ground of writing. Using visual compositional strategies as effectively as verbal ones, Bervin allows the discarded text to remain on the page as a ghostly presence, while she highlights the marginal line-numbers that allude to the sonnets' canonization.
Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA
Poet and visual artist Jen Bervin's work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses poetry, artist books, large-scale art works, and archival research. Her poetry/artist books include The Dickinson Composites (Granary Books, 2010), The Silver Book (Ugly Duckling Presse chapbook, 2010), The Desert (Granary Books, 2008), A Non- Breaking Space (UDP, 2005, web-only), The Red Box (UDP, 2004), and NETS (Ugly Ducling Presse, 2004). Bervin's work has been shown at The Walker Art Center and The Wright Exhibition Space, and is in many special collections including the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Stanford University, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the British Library. She has received fellowships in art and writing from The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Centrum, The MacDowell Colony, Visual Studies Workshop, and The Camargo Foundation and is an editor-at-large for jubilat. Bervin will teach at Vermont College of Fine Arts and Harvard University in 2011. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Reviews and Other Links
Philip Metres @ Jacket
W. Scott Howard @ Double Room
Ed Park in The Village Voice
Nicholas Grider @ Galatea Resurrects
Genevieve Kaplan @ Galatea Resurrects