George Messo (ed.): Ikinci Yeni: The Turkish Avant-Garde
Published November 2009
Paperback, 168pp, 9x6ins, £12.95 / $20
Shortlisted for the 2011 Cornelis M Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation, awarded by the Poetry Society of Great Britain and The Ratiu Foundation.
In the mid 1950s a small but energetic group of young Turkish poets exploded into creative life. Their vivid, cosmopolitan experimentalism sent shock waves through the literary establishment. They became known as the Ikinci Yeni (The Second New). Inspired by surrealism and the contemporary European avant-garde, their influence was widespread and lasting—Turkish poetry would never be the same again.
In this unique anthology George Messo introduces broad selections from five of the leading Ikinci Yeni poets: Ece Ayhan, Ilhan Berk, Edip Cansever, Cemal Süreya and Turgut Uyar.
With more than a hundred pages of previously untranslated poems, and an informative introductory essay setting them in their literary and historical context, Ikinci Yeni: The Turkish Avant-Garde, is essential reading for anyone with a passion for modern Turkish verse.
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