I've Learned Some Things allows English-language readers the rare opportunity to experience the work of Ataol Behramoglu, one of Turkey's most celebrated poets. The sixty-six poems in this collection span the author's extraordinary career and are stunning examples of the intense emotional quality of his work. Behramoglu celebrates the rich fabric of everyday life by exploring both personal and social struggles, sometimes employing a whimsical tone.
Walter G. Andrews's skillful translation conveys the vibrancy of Behramoglu's work to an English-language audience, and this bilingual edition allows Turkish-language readers to follow the original text.
Ataol Behramo lu, Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Istanbul University and a columnist for the newspaper Cumhuriyet, continues to write poetry as well as articles, criticism, travel literature, children's stories, plays, and translations. Walter G. Andrews is Research Professor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington and is also the Director of the Ottoman Texts Archive Project (OTAP). He has authored numerous articles and books on Ottoman literature and has translated several volumes of Ottoman and Turkish poetry, including Seasons of the Word: Selected Poems of Hilmi Yavuz.
Translator's preface; Introduction: A poet in dialogue with the world by Laurent Mignon I this love ends here; II One day surely; III Turkey, my unhappy land, my lovely land; IV A summer past; V Gazel to a new love Chronology