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Ikinci Yeni : The Turkish Avant-Garde
Translated by George Messo
Shearsman Books, 168 pp, ISBN 101-8-4861-066-1Series 3 Number 16 - The Dialect of the Tribe
Review by Alev Adil
Poetry has always been the dominant art form in Turkish culture but in the 20th century both Turkish politics and poetry were to be transformed in the crucible of a modernist revolution that strove to erase the past and rewrite the future. The Kemalist Turkish Republic in 1923 introduced a language revolution, which sought to streamline, simplify and ‘...» Read review in full» More reviews in this issue
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A Boat to Heaven
By Zhao Lihong
Translated by Xu Qin
Southword Editions, 64 pp, hardback, 2010, ISBN 978-1-905002-37-5,€14
Don’t be deceived by the pretty-kitsch po-mo chinoiserie of Boat to Heaven’s dust jacket; the poems are plangent, often stark, finding solace in the small movements of the natural world. At the end of ‘A Walk in the Forbidden City,’ a set of variations on curtains, rain, smoke, barriers, enclosure, ‘Those that have gone have finally left / All that remains on the ridge of walls / are the moss-green tiles /And the fresh smell of grass / . . . Little birds outside / Fly onto the walls / Little birds inside / Fly out . . .’Elegy – with an edge.
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