Part of the Parthian Carnivale series.
The poetry of Haydar Ergülen unquestionably draws upon and expresses many of the basic forces that continue to shape Turkish culture and literature; however, as with most of the best poetry produced anywhere, its central focus is the common, down-to-earth concerns of humanity itself. At the core of Ergülen’s work is the pervasive sense of poetry-writing as an inseparable part of life: that the co-existence of poetry, goodness and love is indispensable to the poet as a human being.
Edited by Mel Kenne, Saliha Paker and Caroline Stockford.
‘Haydar Ergülen is a major poet who rises from [his] roots to touch on what is human at its most stripped-down, vulnerable and universal. . . . His occasional accent of revolt becomes all the more striking through its surprise effect. A poet of solidarity who knows how to deflect violence through vision.’
— Michel Cassir, L’Harmattan
The poems have been translated by Mel Kenne, Saliha Paker, Caroline Stockford, Arzu Akbatur, Gökçenur Çelebioğlu, Nilgün Dungan, Arzu Eker Roditakis, Clifford Endres, İdil Karacadağ, Elizabeth Pallitto, Selhan Savcıgil Endres, İpek Seyalıoğlu, and Şehnaz Tahir Gürçağlar.
About the Author
Haydar Ergülen (b. 1956) is one of the most prominent poets writing in Turkey today. Author of more than a dozen books of poetry and another dozen of essays, his work is only beginning to appear in English and this selected works will change his reach significantly. His most recent book is Öyle Küçük Şeyler (Kırmızı Kedi, 2016). He lives in Istanbul.