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I don’t like to turn back

Autobiography  -Nazim Hikmet I was born in 1902  I never once went back to my birthplace  I don’t like to turn back  at three I served as a pasha’s grandson in Aleppo  at nineteen as a student at Moscow Communist University  at forty-nine I was back in Moscow as the Tcheka Party’s guest  and I’veContinue reading “I don’t like to turn back”

This weather

Beni bu güzel havalar mahvetti, This lovely weather ruined me, Böyle havada istifa ettim Evkaftaki memuriyetimden. It was in weather like this That I quit my old government job. Tütüne böyle havada alıştım, Böyle havada aşık oldum; I got hooked on tobacco in weather just like this, I fell in love in weather like this;Continue reading “This weather”

A gift for Arif Damar

O Diligent Like an Apple by İlhan Berk A gift for Arif Damar at the age of seventy. His watch is set to the time of ordinary people, to grass,  to insects. His papers are above rivers, rainbows and our footpaths. On his clothes and shoes. His pages are adjusted to the water’s flow. InContinue reading “A gift for Arif Damar”

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