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The definitive selection by the first and foremost modern Turkish poet.

A centennial volume, with previously unavailable poems, by Turkey's greatest poet. Published in celebration of the poet's one hundredth birthday, this exciting edition of the poems of the Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963) collects work from his four previous selected volumes and adds more than twenty poems never before available in English. The Blasing/Konuk translations, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892552740
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 05/17/2002
Edition description: Revised & Expanded Second Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 830,597
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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. He died in 1963 in exile.

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. He is also the eminent translator, alongside Mutlu Konuk, of the renowned Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet. He lives in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Mutlu Konuk Blasing, a native of Istanbul, is Professor of English at Brown University. Her books include Lyric Poetry: The Pain and the Pleasure of Words. She is the co-translator (with Randy Blasing) of the renowned English translations of Nazim Hikmet, and the author of four scholarly books on American poetry.

Carolyn Forché, poet, translator, and activist, is professor of English at Georgetown 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." Her most recent volume of poetry is Blue Hour.

Table of Contents

Translators' Prefaceviii
About My Poetry3
Regarding Art4
Gioconda and Si-Ya-U6
A Spring Piece Left in the Middle32
On Shirts, Pants, Cloth Caps, and Felt Hats35
Letter to My Wife38
The Epic of Sheik Bedreddin40
Hymn to Life72
Letters from a Man in Solitary74
On Death Again78
Istanbul House of Detention80
Letters from Chankiri Prison85
A Strange Feeling92
On the Twentieth Century94
Letter from My Wife95
9-10 P.M. Poems97
Ninth Anniversary113
Hazel Are My Lady's Eyes116
Since I Was Thrown Inside123
I Love You126
On Ibrahim Balaban's Painting "Spring"127
About Mount Uludagh129
The Strangest Creature on Earth131
On Living132
It's This Way135
Angina Pectoris136
I Made a Journey139
About Your Hands and Lies141
Some Advice to Those Who Will Serve Time in Prison143
On the Matter of Romeo and Juliet145
On Ibrahim Balaban's Painting "The Prison Gates"147
After Getting Out of Prison149
Last Will and Testament156
To Lydia Ivanna158
The Mailman160
About the Sea164
Last Letter to My Son166
Letter from Istanbul170
In the Snowy Night Woods176
New Year's Eve178
Elegy for Satan179
Faust's House181
Prague Dawn183
Noon in Prague184
Optimistic Prague186
To Samet Vurgun188
I Got a Letter from Munevver Saying189
I Wrote a Letter to Munevver Saying190
From Sofia191
Bor Hotel193
The Balcony194
The Last Bus195
This Thing Called Prague197
Some Memories199
Thirty Years Ago205
A Fable of Fables208
Bach's Concerto No. 1 in C Minor210
Conversation with Dead Nezval212
Elegy for Mikhail Refili214
Early Fall216
The Bees217
The Old Man on the Shore221
The Optimist223
This Journey225
The Icebreaker226
Two Loves227
To Vera230
Early Light231
Baku at Night233
The Cucumber234
My Woman235
Vera Waking236
Loving You238
Because of You239
Six O'Clock241
About Us242
Falling Leaves257
Things I Didn't Know I Loved261
I Stepped Out of My Thoughts of Death265
I'm Getting Used to Growing Old266
Berlin Letters267
My Funeral269

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Poems of Nazim Hikmet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
poetontheone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book after reading a letter written by Che Guevara in which he quotes a poem by Nazim Hikmet. This volume of selected poetry by the Turkish Marxist poet is full of emotion. Love, devotion, perseverance, defiance, longing, pride, loyalty. The pain of separation is displayed throughout the work. From his wife. From his country. A great contribution to world literature. Any lover of poetry should not pass this up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nazim Hikmet inspires thinking, love and understanding on a universal scale. I can read his words over and over and receive the same love from him as though he were standing right there in front of me and we were talking about the great and the little things we hold dear in this life.