August 28 marks the fifth anniversary of ilhan Berk’s death. In remembrance and celebration of his life and work Nurol Art Gallery in Bodrum, Turkey, will host a memorial exhibition of the poet’s paintings and drawings. This year also sees the opening of a museum devoted to Berk in his former house.
Tomorrow I’ll share some of my favourite ilhan Berk poems here on the blog and post details of upcoming books and translation projects for 2014 and beyond.
Wall Painting by Pam Cardwell
With a new large-scale painting in New Haven I thought I’d repost a link to a 2011 interview with artist Pam Cardwell at Studio Critical. There are some fine drawings online too at The Drawing Center . And here too are photos of Pam’s current work on show in New Haven, which I hope give an impression of the size of her extraordinary new painting.
Wall Painting, fragment, by Pam Cardwell. 2013.
From July 1 the debut issue of Turkish Poetry Today is in more than 100 online bookstores worldwide. Edited by George Messo, with Senol Bezci, Fahri Oz and T. Kenny Fountain. The 2013 issue includes poems by Bejan Matur, Zeynep Koylu, Necmi Zeka, Melih Cevdet Anday, Polat Onat, and Murathan Mungan, in translations by Ruth Christie, Mel Kenne, Sidney Wade, and more, all side-by-side with the Turkish originals. 150 pages of stunning, vital poetry.
The first issue of a fabulous new online journal called Bulent, edited by Isobel Finkel & Thomas Roueché, and featuring rare interviews with contemporary Turkish film directors and composers, is live and kicking. Take a look here. In amongst these splendid pieces you’ll find a bunch of translations from my upcoming book Inferno by ilhan Berk.