Ikinci Yeni - The Turkish Avant-Garde George Messo

ISBN: 9781848610668

Published: November 15th 2009


168 pages


Ikinci Yeni - The Turkish Avant-Garde  by  George Messo

Ikinci Yeni - The Turkish Avant-Garde by George Messo
November 15th 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 168 pages | ISBN: 9781848610668 | 9.44 Mb

Five experimentalist Turkish poets from 1950s to 1970s in an excellent translation and annotations by George Messo. A little note: I do not read or speak Turkish but the translated poems were very fine. Places within Istanbul were often used as reference points, although still others were undefined by time or place but were solidified by real things/animals/persons.

Ece Ayhans poetry opened the book followed by Ilhan Berks, whose themes of nature were pleasing. The intermingling between Britain (London) and Turkey also made some satisfying poems of Berks. As my reading this book continued and I got into the flow, the poetry seemed to get better and better. Edip Cansever came next and Cemal Süreya reiterated the same final line in several of his poems: I wish it were just for this I loved you. I found myself rereading the poems. Turgut Uyars poems closed the book, his Night with Deer establishing a gentle haven from disequilibrium.

A biography of each poet and a primary bibliography closes the book.

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