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Some Capacities and Fallacies of Literary Hybridity: A Card Game
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A Brief Guide to Conceptual Poetry
Books Noted:
Caroline Bergvall, Meddle English
Other Conceptual Poets
Christian Bök
Kenneth Goldsmith
Robert Fitterman
Vanessa Place
External Links
Bergvall's full-length collaboration available as an e-book
Bergvall's Official Website
Audio Recordings of "Via" and "About Face"
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Caroline Bergvall

Caroline Bergvall

Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1962 to a Norwegian father and French mother, Caroline Bergvall grew up in Switzerland, Norway, and France with longer periods in the U.S. and England. She studied at Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, received an M.Phil from the University of Warwick, Britain, and a doctorate from the Dartington College of Arts.

Her collections of poetry and hybrid texts include Strange Passage: A Choral Poem (Equipage, 1993), Éclat: sites 1-10 (1996), Jets-Poupée (1999), Goan Atom (2001), Fig (2005), and Meddle English (Nightboat, 2010), among others.

Bergvall's works are noted for their combinations of performative, visual, and literary texts within the same project. Her artistic and performance work has been commissioned and presented internationally at MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Antwerp.

Of her practice, Bergvall says "thinking of the body as always having an accent, as being marked with a social accent rather than a seamless national literature, is a part of being in language and writing." Poet Charles Bernstein calls her "one of the most brilliantly inventive poets of our time."

She has served as the Director of the innovative and cross-arts writing program at Dartington College of Arts and has taught at Temple University, Bard College, and the University of Southampton. She currently lives in London.

Poems by
Caroline Bergvall

About Foam
The Not Tale (Funeral)

Prose by
Caroline Bergvall

Cat in the Throat

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