Drift by Caroline Bergvall
Essays,  Intergenre,  Poetry,  | $19.95
paperback, 190 pages, 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 in
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978-1-937658-20-5

Receipent of the 2017 Cholmondeley Award for Poetry

A riveting new volume exploring the power and provocation of medieval English and the trope of the seafarer.


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 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. The text sequences combine with drawings, maps, macro-photos to track these depths.