Istanbul and beyond… Turkish Poetry

Istanbul and beyond… Turkish Poetry. Edited by Jeffrey Kahrs & Mel Kenne. Atlanta Review, Spring/Summer 2006, Volume XII, Issue Number 2.

“This issue of Atlanta Review takes you to the epicenter of Turkish culture, the place where East and West have met and mingled, made love and war, for thousands of years.” (excerpt from the welcoming message of the editor & publisher Don Veach).

“To conclude this introduction by returning for a moment to its title, the word buyurun is commonly used in Turkey to invite a guest into one’s domicile, workplace, office, or just into one’s presence. Shop owners often use it to invite passersby in to see their wares. So, as Turkish poetry makes an entrance in the pages of the Atlanta Review, may you find yourselfenterind a rewarding new world of poetic experience. Buyurun!” (excerpt from the introduction entitled “Enter Turkish Poetry! Buyurun!” written by one of the co-editors of the book and poet Mel Kenne).

“More than the Sultan’s treasures, Istanbul also guards tthe crown jewels of Turkish poetry. Come with us on a voyage of discovery up the Golden Horn!” (from the backcover of the book).

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