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About the Author

Poet and visual artist Jen Bervin's work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses poetry, artist books, large-scale art works, and archival research. Her poetry/artist books include The Dickinson Composites (Granary Books, 2010), The Silver Book (Ugly Duckling Presse chapbook, 2010), The Desert (Granary Books, 2008), A Non- Breaking Space (UDP, 2005, web-only), The Red Box (UDP, 2004), and NETS (Ugly Ducling Presse, 2004). Bervin's work has been shown at The Walker Art Center and The Wright Exhibition Space, and is in many special collections including the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Stanford University, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the British Library. She has received fellowships in art and writing from The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Centrum, The MacDowell Colony, Visual Studies Workshop, and The Camargo Foundation and is an editor-at-large for jubilat. Bervin will teach at Vermont College of Fine Arts and Harvard University in 2011. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Ugly Duckling Presse (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972768432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972768436
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Marchetto on July 21, 2013
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Jen Bervin's NETS handles erasure differently from other texts written by the same (or a similar) process. In erasing Shakespeare's sonnets--not all of the sonnets are contained in the finish text of NETS--Bervin leaves so very few words on each page so as to produce elegant, striking vignettes, snapshots of images or ideas. The compiled result is a little surreal, but very rewarding.

I used this text in a class I taught on found poetry, and thought it to be a perfect example of erasure. Highly recommend.
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Jen Bervin has created an art book and a book of poetry, with quite extra-ordinary power and interest. Bervin took Complete Sonnets of William Shakespeare and "grayed out" most of the text, leaving a few word from the sonnet in bold face text. The title of the book is an illustration of the process.

The result is a new poem, or fragment of a poem, surrounded by the grayed out words of the original sonnet, ghost-like behind the new poetry, but somehow capturing the ghost of Shakespeare himself.

The resulting pages prove, as Bervin argues, that which is erased is never totally gone: "When we write poems, the history of poetry is with us, pre-inscribed in the white of the page; when we read or write poems, we do it with or against this palimpsest." Her "shorn away" words remain.

This is a beautiful work of art, lovely in the hand, evocative in the imagination.

Robert C. Ross
July 2012
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Jen Bervin is a stunning artist. For most of her projects she takes something that exists and simply adds glitter to it. Nets is unique for the reader who thought Shakespeare would never be a "must read." Nets takes an old world text that the average person has lost interest in and sprinkles it with shiny bits, making it interesting again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Xuan Wang on February 1, 2010
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this is a graceful little books with two collection of poems inside. it is so beautifully printed, it's a little work of art. it deserves to be had!
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