New Review of Caroline Bergvall's "Drift" in Rain Taxi

New Review of Caroline Bergvall's "Drift" in Rain Taxi

Greg Bem reviews Caroline Bervall's Drift for Rain Taxi.

"As the book’s source notes confirm, such text “uses and spins off from” medieval Anglo-Saxon quest poetry, making Drift at least partially a crisp but dauntingly abstracted series of translations. Mercy is not spared for the reader, who must read cryptically along the wash and noise of a dense set of song cycles. We are given the gift of anonymity by being readers: in the case of Drift, there is the anonymity of truth, of authorship, and of Bergvall’s conceptual conditionings and constraints."