A Leaf About to Fall

A Leaf About to Fall : Selected Poems

By (author) Ihan Berk , Translated by George Messo

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Ilhan Berk has been called a literary Midas: everything he touches turns to poems. A Leaf About To Fall: Selected Poems shows us, for the first time in English, the full linguistic range and imaginative power of Turkey's greatest experimental poet. With over 200 poems drawn from more than half a century of work, A Leaf About To Fall offers a unique and indispensable portal into the world of Ilhan Berk. Berk's poems quiver and spark with a language always pressing out against its own skin: sensual, erotic, strange and intimate, relaxed and humorous; poems in which smells, tastes, sights, sounds, and touch become the preludes for a reawakening of history, the body, the very world around us. If Berk himself is concerned with re-engaging a lost sensory world, then for many A Leaf About To Fall will be a journey of discovery.

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 14mm | 222.26g
  • 30 Nov 2006
  • Salt Publishing
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1844712745
  • 9781844712748
  • 1,285,602

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Ilhan Berk, one of Turkey's most influential and innovative poets, was born in the Aegean city of Manisa. He was the award-winning author of more than two dozen books of poetry, as well as volumes of critical and biographical prose. He was also an acclaimed visual artist. Berk lived for much of his life in the town of Bodrum where he died in August 2008. George Messo is a poet, translator, and editor. His books include From the Pine Observatory (2000), Aradaki Ses (The In-Between Voice, 2005), Entrances (2006), and Avrupa'nin Kucuk Tanrilari (The Little Gods of Europe, forthcoming 2007). He is the editor of Near East Review.

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After more than half a century of poetry, Turkey's Grand Old Man of literature is still its Enfant Terrible. World Litrature Today ... one of Turkish poetry's most distinctive and necessary voices. World Literature Today

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