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Universal Mother

Collection of poems by Elif Sezen, published by Gloria SMH Press, 2016, Melbourne. To purchase a copy visit: 


Odessa'da Dans

Translations of Ilya Kaminsky's book of poems 'Dancing in Odessa' into Turkish, by Elif Sezen, published by Artshop Press, 2014, Istanbul

Gece Düşüşü

Gece Düşüşü (Fall.Night.) is an experimental mix of short stories and poems by Elif Sezen published in Turkish by Hayal Press, 2012, Istanbul

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 background.

Night Watch, Elif Sezen's PhD exhibition catalogue, Printed with assistance from Research Publications Grant Scheme, Monash University, 2013, Melbourne

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/

'Coincidence': http://disappearing.com.au/poem/coincidence-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/

'Their Bodies': http://cordite.org.au/chapbooks-features/spoonbending/their-bodies/

'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.