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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


A Laz poet from Turkey, Serkan Engin was born in 1975 in Izmit, Turkey. He was influenced by his parents to study at the Navy Military Lycee, but was dismissed from the school in 1995 because of disciplinary problems and subsequently became a vigorous anti-militarist.

His poems appear in more than fifty literary journals in Turkey. In 2004, he published a poem manifesto, entitled Imagist Socialist Poetry. He has been trying to launch a new movement in Turkish poetry and to this end has published numerous articles about literary theory. The basic mottos of the movement are "Imagist in form, socialist in content" and "If you have no fight, you don't have any poem."

His poems have been published in English in The Tower Journal, Poetry'z Own, Belleville Park Pages, The Writer's Drawer, Open Road Review, Poetry Super Highway, The Criterion and Mediterranean Poetry. Some of his poems appear in Japanese in the leading Japanese philosophy and poetry journal Shi to Shisou.

Serkan Engin

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Charlady Gulizar

Charlady Gulizar patches the hole of the day with her heart
Her dreams are feeling cold at the basement of poverty
Beating mountains welcome Charlady Gulizar at the evening
While her husband is climbing the alcohol ramp all day

Her palms which are barricade for hunger
Can not acquit the ownership by wiping
She could never lie in the bossom of peace
The pain which is stuck in her life manhandles her dreams

Charlady Gulizar patches the hole of the day with her heart
Her name is called with the minor notes of sadness