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Murat Nemet-Nejat: Publication of the Turkish poet Seyhan Erozçelik's Rosestrikes and Coffee Grinds

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From: Murat Nemet-Nejat <>
Date: Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 10:26 PM
Subject: Re: Publication of the Turkish poet Seyhan Erozçelik's Rosestrikes and Coffee Grinds

My book of translation of the Turkish Poet Seyhan Erozçelik's *Rosestrikes
and Coffee Grinds* is just out:

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*Seyhan Erözçelik, ROSESTRIKES AND COFFEE GRINDS, translated by Murat

Published by* Talisman House*

Available from SPD and Amazon:

"In Eda: An Anthology of Contemporary Turkish Poetry, Murat Nemet-Nejat
established 'eda' as a marker of poetic process much as Lorca's duende or
the Japanese concept of yugen had ignited similar interests in the century
now behind us. The rootedness of mysticism in language, central to the
poetics in question, finds a true exemplar in Seyhan Erözçelik's Rosestrikes
and Coffee Grinds, a work of both intelligence & passion." —*Jerome

 "Could it be that Seyhan is actually informing us that in this world, where
life is presented to us as if it were the reality of the past, present,
future and destiny ('fate' or 'sorrow'), there is in fact nothing more than
the surreal? It must be—the surreality of fortune images and the allegory of
the mediocrity of conventional fortune discourse, signifying life caught
between mediocrity and imagination.

With Seyhan, 'rose' is a savior: An icon that can be anything and overcome
anything. An icon that provides redemption from being caught between
mediocrity and imagination! Seyhan attributes a miraculous, mystical (maybe
even divine?) power to the rose...

 The power of the rose, that shall transform us not towards doing
everything, but towards being everything. In Rosestrikes and Coffee Grinds
we see three paths: all of which are paths of the rose! In three spans of
time: the rose shall come along those paths.

And will bring us to itself..."   —*Hilmi Yavuz*

 "Seyhan Erözçelik's Rosestrikes and Coffee Grinds has three layers of
narrative: first, the physical arrangements of rosestrikes and coffee
grounds that the reader never sees; second, the fortune reader's own
interpretation of these casual arrangements through words; and third, the
text that the reader simply encounters. All of these convergent layers unite
in one point: what is said in the poem will be… the objective future of the
anonymous other."    —*Efe Murad*

 ISBN 13: 978-1-58498-073-5




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