Disko Bay (Paperback)
This collection surveys the culture of arctic Greenland from prehistory to the present, with a focus on the hardships experienced by indigenous communities under colonial rule during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The poems address the tensions between modern life and traditional means of subsistence in the Arctic, and explore themes of cross-cultural communication, cultural and species extinction, landscape and climate change. Many of the poems use forms that are strongly linked to oral performance such as ballads and pantoums.
About the Author
Nancy Campbellis a writer and artist with a strong interest in the polar regions. She has conducted residencies at ecological and research institutions in Iceland, Denmark and the US, and is a Hawthornden Fellow. In the UK, Nancy has been Writer in Residence for Words Across Northumberland (2013) and Visual and Performing Artist in Residence at the University of Oxford (2013-2014). Her books include "The Night Hunter," "Tikilluarit" and "How To Say I Love You In Greenlandic," which received the Birgit Skiold Award; her translations from Greenlandic have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize."
“Vulnerable, beautiful, and agglomerative” —Arctic Book Review
"To read the collection straight through is to find one's head filled with fleeting images from this time or some previous time, of dark moments and moments of silliness, all cast against a harsh landscape and sometimes equally harsh culture." —Kali Lightfoot, bookslut.com
"On this note, Campbell’s work proves most interesting. She gives a sense that she has plumbed the history of her own language, and found something foreign there." —Theophilus Kwek, singaporereviewofbooks.org