Featured Poet: Erkut Tokman

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Erkut Tokman lives in Istanbul and is currently working in Bucharest.


DEPARTING BALLADS*
A view of Beyoälu, Istanbul

As Beethoven's Moonlight played
inside of me it melted all things living
and time. In the glittering of moonlight
the departing bone of soul
broken up, somewhere,
inwards into eternity; into love.

All the songs I knew were forgotten
On the streets departing sounds were waltzing in wind.

And God's voice could be heard
Speaking from the stones
On the entirety of nature; and on destiny.



THE STORY OF THE PAINTING
of ABIDIN DINO**




Lights of the cosmos; rain;
hidden in dust clouds
the roads of kings and the wars.
Who made these jokes for us.


* the poems were written by
Erkut Tokman (and translated
from the Turkish) as he left
his city, Istanbul, for army
service in the south.


** Poet's dedication: the painting by Abidin Dino
was the artist's response to a question by
Nazim Hikmet, the twentieth-century Turkish poet.

Nazim Hikmet's question:

'Can you draw the picture of happiness, Abidin?'







Poems by Erkut Tokman © 2002.
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and language audit © 2002, 2003 Sally Crawford.
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