national poetry day – the book of things by Ilhan Berk

Ilhan Berk was turkey’s foremost poet a member of the post modernist ,he was a leading light in the second new genration of Turkish poets ,Salt publishing has published a number of his works in translation including this one translated by the Aanglo Turkish poet George Messo,his style is sparce ,visual using ppictures and photos ,avant grade but approachable ,he lived most of his life in Bodrum and Died in 2008 ,as the theme for National poetry day is Home ,I thought of Ilhan Berks long Poem – House


House rings instantly at the door of the world’s rich images.


House:privileged existence.


House is a grand metaphor :both right beside us.and at the end of the earth .


The house is you.


House is your homeland


Our name ,house


The house has no one.


Everything talks at home .


Stairs either go up,or down


At home the door is either opeen or closed.


The house is tight lipped.


Language is the house.

House stores time and lives.


Narrow paths feed the house.


A great dream: to be at home .


House :throne of the unconscious.


House is the world .

this is the first part of long poem called House .

love  clever Typography ,his use of language ,which has been wonderfully brought alive in English by George Messo ,simple at times but like a magic eye picture full of depth and hidden meanings the more you read theem ,if you want a collection that will stick with you to next National poetry day and beyond try this one .

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Simon
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 18:58:48

    great choice for national poetry day


  2. amymckie
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 01:00:19

    Interesting poem Stu. Where you have asterisks, does the original have them too? That’s pretty neat.


  3. Valerie
    Oct 09, 2010 @ 02:42:56

    Thanks for bringing this poet to my attention, Stu. I’m writing him down, he seems worth checking out!


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October 2010


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