I've Learned Some Things allows English-language readers the rare opportunity to experience the work of Ataol Behramo?lu, one of Turkey's most celebrated poets. The sixty-six poems in this collection span the author's extraordinary career and are stunning examples of the intense emotional quality of his work. Behramo?lu celebrates the rich fabric of everyday life by exploring both personal and social struggles, sometimes employing a whimsical tone.
Walter G. Andrews's skillful translation conveys the vibrancy of Behramo?lu's work to an English-language audience, and this bilingual edition allows Turkish-language readers to follow the original text.
If remembered, is right now
Or else it's torn out and thrown away
Like a page from a notebook
What's torn out and thrown away
Can be a fluttering heart
Or else a summer night
Its stars dying in agony
By Ataol Behramoğlu
Ataol Behramo?lu, Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Istanbul University and a columnist for the newspaper Cumhuriyet, continues to write poetry as well as articles, criticism, travel literature, children's stories, plays, and translations.
Walter G. Andrews is Research Professor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington and is also the Director of the Ottoman Texts Archive Project (OTAP). He has authored numerous articles and books on Ottoman literature and has translated several volumes of Ottoman and Turkish poetry, including Seasons of the Word: Selected Poems of Hilmi Yavuz.