In the Wake of the Day [NOOK Book]

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In the Wake of the Day is a book of memories and journeys; from the chaotic energy of urban life in modern Istanbul, where John Ash lives, to the ruins of vanished civilisations; from personal incident to the narratives and vacancies of cultures. Ash inhabits the fertile and ambiguous territory where East and West meet. We ?know and do not know? the past. In an ?imperial city without empire, place of paradox?, time too becomes fluid. The ancient, half-imagined past of Ur, Alexandria, Cappadocia coexists with a ...
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Overview

In the Wake of the Day is a book of memories and journeys; from the chaotic energy of urban life in modern Istanbul, where John Ash lives, to the ruins of vanished civilisations; from personal incident to the narratives and vacancies of cultures. Ash inhabits the fertile and ambiguous territory where East and West meet. We ‘know and do not know’ the past. In an ‘imperial city without empire, place of paradox’, time too becomes fluid. The ancient, half-imagined past of Ur, Alexandria, Cappadocia coexists with a contemporary world in which ‘tank tracks are driven over Babylon’. At the centre of this collection are John Ash’s versions of poems by the great Alexandrian C.P. Cavafy. Working with Cavafy’s voice, Ash expresses his own urbane intelligence.
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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: 9781847779175
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • File size: 250 KB

Meet the Author

John Ash was born in Manchester in 1948 and read English at the University of Birmingham. He lived for a year in Cyprus, and in Manchester between 1970 and 1985, before moving to New York. Since 1996 he has lived in Istanbul. His poetry has appeared in many publications including the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Village Voice, Oasis, PN Review and Paris Review. Two of his Carcanet collections, The Goodbyes (1982) and Disbelief (1987) were Poetry Book Society Choices. He has also written two books about Turkey, A Byzantine Journey 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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