My new translation of Birhan Keskin’s poetry, & Silk & Love & Flame, is fresh off the press from Arc Publications in England. It carries this fabulous endorsement from Mary Jo Bang: “These highly original poems are marked by a daring self-assurance paired with an eerie emotional precision. Birhan Keskin erases the delicate line between matter and consciousness and lays bare, in the clearest possible terms, what it is to be alive. In the ravishing world of these poems, every atom is perceived, every molecule insists we are one with the things we love: a black river, a curtain of rain, the silk slats of an open fan. George Messo has made us a gift by bringing these poems across into English.”
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.