Drift

Drift 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 cy

  • Title: Drift
  • Author: Caroline Bergvall
  • ISBN: 9781937658205
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 thCaroline 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.

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    1. Ehhhhhh. Had some really cool and striking parts, but that's it. Lines here and there. The book as a whole was just plain baffling, even knowing the context. Not in a generative way either. Just baffling. I found the explanations in the "Log" section more self-absorbed and masturbatory than helpful.

    2. So I'm only on page 46 and I've never marked a book as "read" before I finished it until now but I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK I COULDN'T WAIT.Update: I finished it. I am still in love. "Relentlessly it rips the heart out of all rest and any refuge."

    3. "Major Tom hafville Li Bai hafville Rimbaud hafville Shelley hafvilleAmelia Earhart hafvilleJeff Buckley hafvilleSpalding Gray hafvilleVirginia Woolf hafvilleAlbert Ayler hafvilleReinaldo Arenas hafvilleHart Crane hafvilleIngeborg Bachmann hafvilleWhen you rise from the deadwhen I rise from the deadthe hangman will hang at the gate the hammer will sink into the sea" poetryfoundation/poetr

    4. This was a really intense read. I read it for class in tandem with:forensic-architecture/ well as Emily Wilson's translation of the Odyssey, and the Seafarer trans. Ezra Pound.There's a really cool audio performance of a portion of this here:vimeo/133971915I think it's really lovely.

    5. I cannot say enough good things about DRIFT: A compelling emotional experience that blends prose and poetry, contemporary English and Old English, 20th century events with early modern tales. Even the passage of pure orthography marred by scribbling tells a story.

    6. wonderful. decolonialized experimental literature will be wild, tho - hope someone retries this project without the Anglo-Saxon centric bits. not offensive in its current state, really, just limited.

    7. Oh. my god. yes. this. want. more. now.This is my new book of inspiration because for real. It is amazing.Combining visual aspects of drawings, photographs, star maps and visual aspects of poetry/ prose/ letters all through the novel, intertwining Old English with Nynorsk, with contemporary English and Old Norsk, interlinking contemporary ship-related tragedies with the Seafarer, her life, her thoughts, her poetry.She is so interdisciplinary it hurts my heart.I want to grab a beer with her and t [...]

    8. The first part of medieval-influenced seafaring poetry is marvellous. I will return to it again and again.The middle part, concerned with Mediterranean refugees, was moving, but the writing of it has nothing to do with the first part. The third part, a confessional contemplation, did not interest me.

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