An English-Turkish bilingual volume of poetry by one of Turkey's most celebrated poets.
I've Learned Some Things allows English-language readers the rare opportunity to experience the work of Ataol Behramoğlu, 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. Behramoğlu 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 Behramoğlu'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