Twenty-seven steps by Gökçenur Ç

Twenty-seven steps (Darkness is the only excuse for the mess on the paper, the shadows are clawing the walls of the ward I sit crossed-legged on the lower bunk, as the meds mix with my blood the sherbet of sleep thickens sweetly, I hold my battery torch between my teeth, and as I try to […]

Mediterranean Salad by Gökçenur Ç.

Mediterranean Salad Parting the crowd she approaches and hugs me round the neck It’s Rüzgar, a friend from school I’ve not seen for twenty years! She got married (I’d heard) I married, had kids (she doesn’t ask) You know what…? She says If only…. She says She’d always thought That the strangers she’d thought were […]

‘Nefes’ of the Quiet Between Us by Haydar Ergülen

‘Nefes’ of the Quiet Between Us by Haydar Ergülen before you even existed I was mad with you the lack of you upset me, and then you were here you were so beautiful I could not want you for myself now I’m subdued by your absence as if you were here this sensitivity, oh, you […]

A gossamer-winged breeze by Gökçenur Ç.

A gossamer-winged breeze You dropped my hand and a gossamer-winged breeze stirred in the space created between our palms and there, striking out with a green handkerchief between its teeth began night’s forgotten autumn . Poet: Gökçenur Ç Translated by Caroline Stockford at the 2014 Cunda International Workshop for Translators of Turkish Literature This poem […]

The Green Duck – by Haydar Ergülen

The Green Duck …and just as I’d chosen that green dress for you your eyes came to mind, I looked, but your eyes were not green enough for this poem besides I’d never seen you cry, and it was pointless seeking the traces of tears in the eyes of one who’se words are nothing but […]

coming-together

coming-together Response to Willem de Rooij’s photography exhibition Index: Riots, Mourning and Commemoration  (as represented in newspapers, January 2000-July 2002), 2003. a mountain in mourning plucks one more crystal from the soft tree of her lashes in the cannister-misty final ground they’re taking on the world wild as dusk hares on the main drag head-lit […]