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Caroline Bergvall

Excerpt from GOAN ATOM (part 1)

This version of the poem has been slightly amplified from the printed text. You can read Drew Milne’s review of this book in this issue of Jacket.


      Cogs

Enters the EVERY HOST
dragging a badl Eg
Finally !
So that the inspiration for such thoughts
becomes visible through the navel in order
To take advantage of the interior mechanism
run through the thoughts retained of little girls
as a panorama deep in the belly
revealed by multicoloured electric
illumination
it’s roped in bottoms up I want to
B ba
b bo
b be
b leed
the load
o
Ff***
Mud and Dead
the mud offal the dead

stufft goat much Junk & Gusto
whats looking at me
Form Form Form
one hard Cor after another
bleding harp
Skin-sacks
Minor Monticulates
lined Up joined by hind thoughts
O fArt
something outstandish about it benefits
from micro friction
Eat Shit gladly
both sides Atlantic
Forte love
Forte loot
o found ConCubicles
Some Fav affemmée
an Ourite’s Belle
y firms Con-Con
poupée de çuir poupée de çon
the opening circa of my
Flask and Blood

Her e commaes
such Air Errs Heir Hair

Enter DOLLY
Entered enters
Enters entered
Enter entre
en train en trail
en trav Ail Aïe
La bour La bour La bour
Wears god on a strap
Shares mickey with all your friends

sgot
a wides lit
down the lily
sgot avide slot
donne a lolly to a head
less cin
dy slots in
to lic

Kher shackle
good dottersum
presses titbutt
on for the Puppe’s
panoRama

Nic
e round
ed olly

Woo pops
er
body partson
to the flo
ring the morning
it’s never matt
ers what goes back
on W
here Dolly
Goodolly
in a
ny shape or form

Wit one fine toast
erin the belly
wit no head
wit nos
ticky hairs
round the folly
and nof ingers at the tips
(or more)

In Short
ALL OF
LOLLY’S
A FunC

indy
likes hang
in
from the trees with
herl egs up in the air
while herl
egs dow
non the ground
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kemy dolly’s knees t
Hey ! full of joins
they’re full of joi
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  spleine didely

Suc ha
clever holly
polie penny
sits on the cha
irk daisy stickin gout
and a big bal looms in the
cranny

With ak not for the
hair sometimes blond
sum tied black again
st st
the wallpaper
or across
thes heets

Sgot uP
elvis
(point to the Intero)

In a big way in
sclamation mark
Fact e’s got
2
and a central boule
Shorts white ocks
end black shoes
for girls when e goe
e goe sout in the woods
in the dark
in a large coating
Watch baby hind the trees
P
ouch
contracts a bunny rides
on sweaty bice
ickles
Uch hairy cr
op

Still
comma
a dirty doldo’s
one fatpig
fruitcake
in the bowl of my pill
ow, naughty bumps
yternally croks
my rip
the stickout grappe
of your naval ma d’olliv ery bad
storms today
very bad

DOLLY
TANK-UP! 
This is the & of the world


Caroline Bergvall, treatment by Anya Lewin





Caroline Bergvall lives and works in England. She has written and installed Strange Passage (Equipage, 1993) and Eclat (Sound&language, 1996). A section of her most recent project Goan Atom (part 1) was commissioned as a sound-text installation and featured at ROOT’00 festival. An opening section of Goan Atom (part 2) was performed as a live text environment with portable sound sources, Liminal Institute Festival, Berlin, September 2000. She is Subject Director for Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts.

You can order copies of Caroline Bergvall’s book Goan atom (part 1) from the publisher, rempress, 30 New Square, Cambridge CB1 1ST, United Kingdom

Photo of Caroline Bergvall, post-production photographic treatment by Anya Lewin



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