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George Messo reads Water Clock by Ilhan Berk

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Letters & Sounds

Letters & SoundsHere is the cover of my new translation of Ilhan Berk’s Letters & Sounds, due out this summer from Red Hand Books. You can read a short blurb and pre-order a copy – if the mood takes you – from the RHB website at www.rhbks.com This is my fourth book-length translation of Berk’s extraordinary poems. A Leaf About to Fall came out with Salt in 2006 and made the shortlist for the 2007 Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize. In 2008 Shearsman published Madrigals, followed in 2009 by my anthology (including work by Ilhan Berk), Ikinci Yeni: The Turkish Avant-Garde, which was also shortlisted for the Popescu Prize in 2011. Again in 2009, Salt published The Book of Things, Berk’s epic poetic trilogy of Things That Are, Things That Aren’t, Long Live Numbers, and House. Berk’s new book, Letters & Sounds, features a stunning cover painting by the man himself.

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Ilhan Berk Remembered

ilhan BerkAugust 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.

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