Library Journal - Library JournalThe voluminous works of Hikmet (1902-1963), Turkey's distinguished revolutionary poet, are here represented by a selection of his witty, tough, and lyrical shorter poems. He writes most intensely of his country``Nothing lifts my spirits like its songs and tobacco''but also of his wives and child, imprisonment, political repression, exile in Poland and Russia, and comrades fallen in the battle against tyranny. One admires his poetry (still suppressed in Turkey) for its passion for life. He not only apprehends experience sensuously (``my rose gets out of bed naked like an apricot'') but conveys his feelings with conviction: ``I made a journey . . ./ pitiless and brave/ as a child who can't speak yet,/ and ready to die with the ease of a bird/ or live a thousand years.'' Frank Allen, Assoc. Dean, Continuing Education, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.
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