A Little Book of Unspoken History
NEW collection of poems by Elif Sezen, published by Puncher & Wattmann, 2018, Sydney. Back cover blurb:
In A little book of unspoken history, Elif Sezen navigates physical and metaphysical spheres, conjuring multilayered historical and imaginative narratives.
Memories of domestic disruption act as a point of departure in these poems, with the poet traveling through time, greeting souls in existential landscapes, illuminating extremity in inner and outer worlds, pivoting between vulnerability and strength, the sayable and the unsayable.
Sezen’s language charts an ethereal personal odyssey. Her constant metaphors of remembering and forgetting unfold as an existential mystical journey linking biographical and imaginative tellings.
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Collection of poems by Elif Sezen, published by Gloria SMH Press, 2016, Melbourne. Back cover blurb:
In Universal Mother, Elif Sezen braids the intersections of domestic histories and spiritual evolution. She navigates the large themes: complementary concepts of separation and homecoming, visible and invisible, eternity and temporality, love and grief, irony and melancholy.
The world these poems conjure is one of imagination and mystical longing. The poet’s mother and the poet herself, as feminine, are the departure point for the persona in these poems, journeying haunted and at times ecstatic through surprising venues and occasions.
As myth-making for a self, and as social understanding, Elif Sezen’s imagery in this book bridges the personal and the collective, in a special sense. Reflecting upon her own transcultural identity, this work carries itself across boundaries between East and West.
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The Dervish with Wings
Chapbook of poems by Elif Sezen, published in 2017, Melbourne. $10 for one copy + $5 postage within Australia. Back cover blurb:
The Dervish with Wings is a small collection of
Elif Sezen’s recent and older poems that speculates upon possibilities
of transcendence in contemporary lives. The shape-shifting that is a
characteristic of her poetry invites a language that is part
philosophical and part surreal, and here it explores themes such as
displacement and reintegration of human experience. It also brings in
some elements of Sufi mysticism, which mirrors Sezen’s cultural
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Translations of Ilya Kaminsky's book of poems 'Dancing in Odessa' into Turkish, by Elif Sezen, published by Artshop Press, 2014, Istanbul
Gece Düşüşü (Fall.Night.) is an experimental mix of short stories and poems by Elif Sezen published in Turkish by Hayal Press, 2012, Istanbul
Read Nadia Niaz's review on Elif's book 'Universal Mother' here: http://themissingslate.com/2017/05/03/the-word/
Read Paul Magee's piece on Elif's poems 'Dear Immigrants' and 'The Turkish Bath' here: https://cordite.org.au/essays/sezen-magee/
Elif's poem 'Immunosuppression' is favourably reviewed in Cordite by Siobhan Hodge -along with other poems from Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry: http://cordite.org.au/reviews/hodge-cassidy-wilkinson/
Links to Elif's published poems:
'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome': http://mascarareview.com/elif-sezen/
'The Universal Garden', 'Immunosuppression', 'The book of broken curses', 'The dead woman', 'The living room': http://gloriasmh.com/books/universal-mother-elif-sezen/
'The Word': http://themissingslate.com/2017/05/03/the-word/
'The Turkish Bath': http://cordite.org.au/poetry/confession/the-turkish-bath-hamam/
'Dear Immigrants': http://cordite.org.au/poetry/confession/dear-immigrants-sevgili-gocmenler/
'Our Night Afternoon': http://cordite.org.au/poetry/confession/our-night-afternoon/
'Undressing the ego': http://www.buddhistpoetryreview.com/archives/issue-eleven/elif-sezen
'The city of Pierrots': http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=38394#.WMeguH91Rn0
'The night is pregnant': http://wonderbookofpoetry.org/elif-sezens-the-night-is-pregnant/
Elif Sezen's poem titled 'Camille' and essay 'Camille Claudel, the dangerous French sculptor: welcoming her back', featured in Edinburgh University, Dangerous Women Project: http://dangerouswomenproject.org/2016/12/26/camille-claudel-the-dangerous-french-sculptor/
Other publications in journals and anthologies:
'Hope for whole: poets speak up to Adani', anthology edited by Anne Elvey, Rosslyn Avenue Productions -in collaboration with Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics, March 2018, e-copy: https://plumwoodmountain.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/hope_for_whole_poets_speak_up_to-_adani-ebook050318b.pdf
'What happened at the pier: Recalling the journey ii', a rich collection of micro biographies that reflect the experience of migration from 26 different beginnings, by Lella Cariddi and Multicultural Arts Victoria, edited by Bailey Wall: https://issuu.com/multiculturalarts/docs/recalling_the_journey_11_2018
Montreal International Poetry Prize Anthology 2011 (Canada), Dodecahedron: Poets Union Anthology 2010 (Australia), Sotto Magazine (Australia), Rosetta Literatura (Istanbul), Australian Love Poems 2013 (Australia), Kıyı Journal (Istanbul), Wonderbook of Poetry (Australia), Buddhist Poetry Review (United States), Eureka Street (Australia) and Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize 2013 Anthology (United States) -‘notable selection’ section, First Literary Review-East (Thailand), Cordite (Australia), Human Journal (Turkey), Turkish Poetry Today (UK), The Missing Slate (Pakistan), Mascara Literary Review.