Grand Magazine

Some of my poems have been published in the May/June issue of Grand Magazine. See link: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20180506/index.php#/5

Apart from my poems, the magazine is filled with interesting articles: tips on online dating, grandparenting, vacation ideas, interviews with personalities like George Foreman & Connie Goldman from NPR, to mention a few. Check it out.

And thank you Christine Crosby, Editorial Director, for including me.

And a special thank you to Deborah Carroll for thinking of me.

The Sun Swing by Melih Cevdat Anday

The sun swing swings back and forth
While I arrange the clouds in my window.
Everything’s in the same place, stone of nothingness,
Zenith of the timeless sea, buried
Earth and a wind that goes nowhere.

As if time said it is because of the sun swing
Swinging back and forth.

translated by Sidney Wade & Efe Murad

Silent Stones by Melih Cevdet Anday

Evening is your village where we arrive on mules,
I see your salt, your flour, your cattle,
Your heart darkened in its crackling seeds
Like a writhing caterpillar.
Dreams come heavily to us like life,
Gathering your visions piece by piece.
You extract the provisions of your beauty one by one
And spread your skirts out at your side
Like a flight of birds dragging on the ground.

I see old pictures in your eyes,
Your rain, your sea in the brimming dawn.
I see masts in the dark and in the sea,
Your protected old forests and glaciers.
I’ve had enough, leave me the courtesy
That your gaze has filled like a river.
Now I’ll line your silent stones
Up to the summits of your breath-taking knees.

translated by Sidney Wade & Efe Murad