Turkey
Ali Günvar
Turkey

He was born in 1953 in İzmir. Ali Günvar graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University (1978). He was one the founders of Üç Çiçek – Three Flowers magazine. (1983). In 1986, he published Şiir Atı – Poetry Horse books at the Şiir Atı Publishing. From 1978 on, his poems and prose writings have appeared in magazines such as Birikim, Yazko Edebiyat, Yazko Eleştiri, Yazko Felsefe, Gösteri, Oluşum, Poetika, Üç Çiçek, Şiir Atı, İmge / Ayrım, Sombahar, Bürde, Yedi İklim, Kitap Zamanı, Est et Non, İpek Dili, and Kök Şiir.

His poetry collections: Çarpık Hüzünler Kantatı – Cantata of Distorted Melancholy (1984), Anthropomorphus (1987), Eyzan (1997), Nisyan/Rapsodi – Oblivion/Rhapsody (2002), Ricatlar Kitabı – The Book of Retreats (2013).

Prose: Doğru Yazılar – Straightforward Writings (1999 - 2017).

Recklesssonnet

lusterlesssounds spread intovespertine.
yourheartfeeds bitter exiles
whenthebasssoundechoes
inthewretchedenthousiasm of yoursoul.

asthebloodydream in themoiré
spreadsthepolisheddesolation
ofyourtiredheartintotheair,
shudderandallusionrockyou…

memory’sreadytoperishwhen
itblunders… forgottendreamsunfold
inmist… echoingbreeze
hurlesthemorningwithout a sound.

whileburningallthroughtheevening,
summersilentlyrevealsitsmysteries.

Translated by the Poet