In the Wake of the Day

Overview

Istanbul—a place that is both exotic and familiar, spanning west and east, past and present—is fully explored in this collection of poetry that sketches out its many faces. Memories, cultures, and histories intersect in these poems that arch from imaginings of contemporary Turkey and trace back along a journey to Antioch. With characteristic playfulness, sophistication, and savage wit, this sojourn delves into what it means to be a part of a culture and to celebrate what is loved and ...

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Overview

Istanbul—a place that is both exotic and familiar, spanning west and east, past and present—is fully explored in this collection of poetry that sketches out its many faces. Memories, cultures, and histories intersect in these poems that arch from imaginings of contemporary Turkey and trace back along a journey to Antioch. With characteristic playfulness, sophistication, and savage wit, this sojourn delves into what it means to be a part of a culture and to celebrate what is loved and ultimately unknowable.

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Editorial Reviews

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"John Ash could be the best English poet of his generation."  —Peter Campion, Poetry, on To the City

"This may be the most auspicious debut of its kind since Auden’s."  —New York Times Book Review on The Branching Stairs

"Full of elegance and poise, properly elegiac and alluding to real, as well as imagined losses and absences, the poems are by turns beautiful, entertaining, and moving."  —Guardian

"[John Ash] may be the doyen of a new 'Istanbul School' [of poetry]."  —Economist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847770448
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Ash is a poet, a translator, and a writer. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Oasis, the Paris Review, PN Review, and the Village Voice. He is the author of several books, including The Branching Stairs, A Byzantine Journey, Disbelief, The Parthian Stations, To the City, and Turkey: The Other Guide.

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Table of Contents

1 The Women of Kars

The Couple 9

Olives 10

Unasked For 11

Finding Prostanna 13

In Jean Dubuffet's Crimson Landscape 15

Babylon 17

Tristia 18

Near the Euphrates 19

Impossible 20

Poem: 'I never really wanted...' 22

Lines Written in a Hotel Room in Afyon 23

The Cut 25

Tramway 27

Partial Explanation 29

Practical Criticism 30

Difficult 32

The Towel of Alyattes 33

The Result 34

The Women of Kars (or Some Other Places I Know and Do Not Know) 36

2 After Cavafy

Without Memorial 45

Fever of Kleitos 46

The Battle of Magnesia 48

Antiochus Epiphanes 50

The Gods in their Wisdom 51

In Ösroene 53

Disillusionment of Demetrius Soter 54

The Triumph of John Kantakouzenos 56

Exiles 58

A Byzantine Nobleman Writing in Exile 59

In a Syrian Harbour 60

3 The Bergamot Tree

Pinara 63

In the Wake of the Day 64

Finding Prostanna (2) 66

Two Poems with an Uncritical Apparatus 68

Stations 72

Prose for Ebubekir Akbulut 76

The Antiochiad 80

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