Poetry. A riveting new volume exploring the power and provocation of medieval English and the trope of the seafarer, Caroline Bergvall's DRIFT retraces the language and maritime imagination of early medieval North Atlantic travels from the sagas to quest poems to today's sea migrancies. Its centerpiece is the song cycle, "Drift," which takes the anonymous 10th century Anglo-Saxon quest poem "The Seafarer" as its inspiration. Both ancient and contemporary tales of travel and exile shadow the plight and losses of wanderers across the waters in this haunting new book. DRIFT is the second of Bergvall's explorations of historical English language.
Caroline Bergvall is a writer of French-Norwegian origins based in London and Geneva. She works across artforms, media and languages; her projects alternate between books, audio pieces, collaborative performances and language installations. Her publications include DRIFT, MEDDLE ENGLISH: NEW AND SELECTED TEXTS, 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 will tour Europe in 2014-2105. Director of the Performance Writing program at Dartington College of Arts (1995-2000), co-Chair MFA in Writing, Bard College (2005-2007), and recent guest faculty at Naropa University. The Judith E. Wilson Fellow in Poetry and Drama at the University of Cambridge (2012- 2013).Author City: London UNK