Caroline Bergvall

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Caroline BergvallCaroline Bergvall is a poet and performance artist based in London, England. Books include: Goan Atom (Krupskaya, 2001) and Eclat (Sound&Language, 1996). Her most recent collection of poetic and performance pieces, FIG (Goan Atom 2), was recently published and her CD of readings and audiotexts Via: poems 1994-2004 (Rockdrill 8 ) is available through Carcanet.

As an artist, she has developed text performances as well as collaborative pieces with sound artists, both in Europe and in North America, of which the installation Little Sugar for TEXT Festival (Bury, 2005) and Say: “Parsley” at the Liverpool Biennial (2004). Her critical work is largely concerned with emerging forms of writing, plurilingual poetry and mixed media writing practices. She is co-Chair of the MFA Writing Faculty, Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College (NY) and Research Fellow at Dartington College of Arts (Devon).

From About Face (ongoing)

taking turns with violence a face is first removed then applied
taking turns with violence a face is first removed and all faces standing in
t zoo efinitely but beak as t it defacement pronounces the triumph of mass
if think of thee non anon aggrave
excess of face made superstitious
soon a fface replaces another
word arf faux shoo ehm haunting face makes the I mean draw thing in
and face will split
and face keeps
hood enied kept faceless
hood enied burdened with face
Look at the them
them them
not not
story ed nearly


The Poetic Book: Medieval, Modern, Postmodern | November 16, 2006