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Poems Of Nazim Hikmet

Poems Of Nazim Hikmet

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This exciting new edition of the poems of Nazim Hikmet adds more than twenty poems never before available in English. The Blasing/Konuk translations, already acclaimed for the past quarter-century for their accuracy and grace, convey Hikmet's compassionate, accessible voice with the subtle music innovative form, and emotional directness of the originals.

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This exciting new edition of the poems of Nazim Hikmet adds more than twenty poems never before available in English. The Blasing/Konuk translations, already acclaimed for the past quarter-century for their accuracy and grace, convey Hikmet's compassionate, accessible voice with the subtle music innovative form, and emotional directness of the originals.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A leading modern Turkish poet, Hikmet (1902-1963) once wrote from prison, ``In the twentieth century / grief lasts / at most a year.'' First jailed in 1924 at the age of 22 for working on a leftist magazine, he spent 18 years incarcerated. Hikmet was awarded the World Peace Prize in 1950, the same year as he gained his release from jail, only to be exiled from Turkey in 1951 for the last 13 years of his life. The poet evidently never lost his faith in social justice. His love of life apparently didn't weaken, and his poems resonate with its power: ``Shot through ten years of bondage like a bullet, / . . . my heart is still the same heart, my head still the same head.'' But to consider Hikmet a political poet only is to miss his gift, and a temperament infected with joy. In ``Occupation'' he writes, ``In the afternoon heat I pick olives, / the leaves the loveliest of greens: / I'm light from head to toe.'' The translations by Blasing and Mutlu Konak convey the power and originality of the work; there are no weak poems here. As Hikmet grew, he delivered a richness and humanity unparalleled in its freedom from bitterness in poems like ``Things I Didn't Know I Loved,'' ``After Getting Out of Prison'' and ``The Last Bus.'' (Apr.)
Library Journal
This volume selects poems of Hikmet (1902-63) that the editors consider ``his best both in Turkish and in translation.'' A huge figure in Turkey, Hikmet was the archetypal exile. Outspoken and revolutionary, in and out of prison until 1952, he traveled until his death. His prison poems are deservedly famous, but those from the 1950s-set in Budapest, Moscow, Prague, and Warsaw-express a visceral longing for birthplace: ``my heart exploding like a hand grenade.'' Sensual and spiritual, they transcend everything that represses the psyche. A sublime humility lifts these sad, immensely ``life-loving'' poems above Cold War angst into universal statements of compassion for suffering. Replacing Selected Poetry (LJ 10/1/86), this comprehensive volume contains 15 unpublished poems, selections from longer poems, and ``Rubaiyat,'' which is only available in a private printing. Recommended for international literature collections.-Frank Allen, West Virginia State Coll., Institute

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892553754
Publisher:
Persea Books
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

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Meet the Author

Nazim Hikmet is considered Turkey's greatest modern poet. For his Communist views, he was imprisoned in Turkey and his work was banned. His poetry has been translated into more than fifty languages. He won the World Peace Prize (the USSR's equivalent of the Nobel) in 1950.

Randy Blasing, a former National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellow, is the author of seven books of poetry, including Choice Words: Poems 1970-2005.

Mutlu Konuk, a native of Istanbul, is Professor of English at Brown University. Her books include Lyric Poetry: The Pain and the Pleasure of Words.

Carolyn Forché, poet, translator, and activist, teaches writing at George Mason University. She has published two award-winning volumes of poetry, Gathering the Tribes and The Country Between Us. In 1990 Ms. Fourché received a Lannan Literary Award, granted to poets and writers of literary excellence "whose work promotes a truer understanding of contemporary life."

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