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The Turkish Avant-Garde

Ikinci Yeni: The Turkish Avant-GardeWork on the Ikinci Yeni anthology is now reaching its closing stages. Tony has this initial draft of the cover up on the Shearsman site and this is what the back cover has to say:

“In the mid 1950s a small but energetic group of young Turkish poets exploded into creative life. Their vivid, cosmopolitan experimentalism sent shock waves through the literary establishment. They became known as the Ikinci Yeni (The Second New). Inspired by surrealism and the contemporary European avant-garde, their influence was widespread and lasting—Turkish poetry would never be the same again.

In this unique anthology George Messo introduces broad selections from five of the leading Ikinci Yeni poets: Ece Ayhan, Ilhan Berk, Edip Cansever, Cemal Süreya and Turgut Uyar.”

More details at the Shearsman site and more updates as we come closer to the 15 November release.

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