This is the first draft of Chris Hamilton Emery’s stunning cover for my new translation of Ilhan Berk, due from Salt later this year. It’s been a long journey. Chris, at Salt, and Tony Frazer, at Shearsman Books, have been introducing this important Turkish poet to British audiences for some time now, first with A Leaf About to Fall: Selected Poems (Salt) in 2006 and Madrigals (Shearsman) in 2008. At over 250 pages, The Book of Things almost doubles what we already have of Berk’s poetry in English. It’s Berk at his eccentric best: boundlessly creative, astonishingly beautiful.
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