The Anatolikon

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Poetry. Originally from Manchester, England, John Ash currently lives in a small village outside Istanbul. In addition to being one of England's better-known poets, he is the author of one of the great travel books of our time, A Byzantine Journey (1995). In THE ANATOLIKON, Ash's deep knowledge of Byzantine and Ottoman cultures, as well as his daily life, informs poems that somehow still reflect his awareness of Western poetics and experimentation. Ash's poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times,...
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Poetry. Originally from Manchester, England, John Ash currently lives in a small village outside Istanbul. In addition to being one of England's better-known poets, he is the author of one of the great travel books of our time, A Byzantine Journey (1995). In THE ANATOLIKON, Ash's deep knowledge of Byzantine and Ottoman cultures, as well as his daily life, informs poems that somehow still reflect his awareness of Western poetics and experimentation. Ash's poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Paris Review.
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John Ash's poetry comprising The Anatolikon draws upon his travels, experiences and observations in Turkey and are as lyrical, memorable, and impressive as the country and people that gave them rise. In Khorkum: the wounded bird sang in the tree/and the kings were remembered/when the mother wept and the father went away/leaving the red slippers for his son/who had stopped speaking//and the martyrs were remembered/and the ancestors/who rode into battle on purple horses//and the bird still sang in the summit of the poplar/as water flowed in the canals/and a salt breeze blew in from the lake/ where boats sailed towards the land of the almonds//and the pruning implements writhed/on the blue wall of the house/longing to escape into the orchards//then the trees whispered prophesies/as they had done in Alexander of Macedon's day/and the ravens' eggs were painted with the colours of the fields/where the earth crumbled under the horses/ hooves//and the father sat in midocean sailing to America...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584980100
  • Publisher: Talisman House, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Pages: 70
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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John Ash (born June 29, 1948) is an expatriate British poet and writer. His lifelong interest in Byzantium (especially its architecture) is a major theme which runs through his poetry, fiction and travel writing, along with family friends and the three major cities he has lived in. As well as his books (largely published by Carcanet), his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Washington Post and Paris Review.
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Table of Contents

The Anatolikon 1
The Broken Steps 5
2 Portraits 9
Flute Music 13
Elegy, Replica, Echo 17
Bozuk Para 19
Language Poem: 2000 BC-2000 AD 21
Imbrogion 25
The Names of Kings 27
Under Mount Anamas 31
Aunt Petka's Earrings 35
In Khorkum 39
The Tour 43
Desert Song 49
Gabrielle's Balcony 53
A Book of Complaints 57
Mektup 61
Forgotten Orchestras 65
The Black Gondola 69
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