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Meddle English
New and Selected Texts
Caroline Bergvall




Nightboat Books
2010 • 176 pp. 12 illus. 5 1/4 x 7 1/4"
Poetry / Cultural Criticism

List $14.95, Web $8.97 Paperback, 978-0-9822645-8-4



This book gathers a decade of Caroline Bergvall’s innovative pieces, from her long out-of-print performance text Goan Atom, inspired by the graphic contortions of Hans Bellmer’s Doll and violent love fantasies of other radical body-inspired artists, The Shorter Chaucer, a series of contemporary tales exploring social mores in a feisty mix of languages, and the hybrid and visual prose pieces Cropper, Cat in the Throat, and Middling English. This volume—rich, multi-layered, acerbic, humorous—creates a strong case for how new literature can provide speculative and performative excursions into post-urban lives and idoms and explore renewed visions for languages.

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Endorsements:

“Caroline Bergvall has emerged over the past decade as one of the most brilliantly inventive poets of our time.” —Charles Bernstein

From the Book:

The Not Tale (Funeral)

The great labour of appearance
served the making of the pyre.
But how
nor how
How also
how they
shal nat be toold
shall not be told.
Nor how the gods
nor how the beestes and the birds
nor how the ground agast
Nor how the fire
first with straw
and then with drye
and then with grene
and then with gold
and then.
Now how a site is laid like this.
Nor what
nor how
nor how
nor what she speaks, nor what was her desire
Nor what jewels
when the fire
Nor how some threw their
and some their
and their
and cups full of wine and milk
and blood
into the fyr
into the fire
Nor how three times
and three times with
and three times how
and how that
Nor how
nor how
nor how
nor who
I cannot tell
nor can I say
but shortly to the point
I turn
and give my tale an end.



CAROLINE BERGVALL is an international writer who works across media and art forms. Her projects alternate between books, audio pieces, performances, and installations. She has presented projects at Dia, MoMA, The Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern, The Hammer Museum, and held teaching residencies at Dartington College of Arts, Bard College, and Temple University. Currently an AHRC Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts (2007-2010), she lives in London.






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