A Little Book of Unspoken History
NEW collection of poems by Elif Sezen, published by Puncher & Wattmann, 2018, Sydney. Back cover blurb:
In A little book of unspoken history, Elif Sezen navigates physical and metaphysical spheres, conjuring multilayered historical and imaginative narratives.
Memories of domestic disruption act as a point of departure in these poems, with the poet traveling through time, greeting souls in existential landscapes, illuminating extremity in inner and outer worlds, pivoting between vulnerability and strength, the sayable and the unsayable.
Sezen’s language charts an ethereal personal odyssey. Her constant metaphors of remembering and forgetting unfold as an existential mystical journey linking biographical and imaginative tellings.
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Collection of poems by Elif Sezen, published by Gloria SMH Press, 2016, Melbourne. Back cover blurb:
In Universal Mother, Elif Sezen braids the intersections of domestic histories and spiritual evolution. She navigates the large themes: complementary concepts of separation and homecoming, visible and invisible, eternity and temporality, love and grief, irony and melancholy.
The world these poems conjure is one of imagination and mystical longing. The poet’s mother and the poet herself, as feminine, are the departure point for the persona in these poems, journeying haunted and at times ecstatic through surprising venues and occasions.
As myth-making for a self, and as social understanding, Elif Sezen’s imagery in this book bridges the personal and the collective, in a special sense. Reflecting upon her own transcultural identity, this work carries itself across boundaries between East and West.
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The Dervish with Wings
Chapbook of poems by Elif Sezen, published in 2017, Melbourne.
Back cover blurb:
The Dervish with Wings is a small collection of Elif Sezen’s recent and older poems that speculates upon possibilities of transcendence in contemporary lives. The shape-shifting that is a characteristic of her poetry invites a language that is part philosophical and part surreal, and here it explores themes such as displacement and reintegration of human experience. It also brings in some elements of Sufi mysticism, which mirrors Sezen’s cultural background.
Translations of Ilya Kaminsky's book of poems 'Dancing in Odessa' into Turkish, by Elif Sezen, published by Artshop Press, 2014, Istanbul
Gece Düşüşü (Fall.Night.) is an experimental mix of short stories and poems by Elif Sezen published in Turkish by Hayal Press, 2012, Istanbul. Available on many online bookstores including Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gece-Dususu-Elif-Sezen/dp/6055369133
The Second Homecoming
Elif Sezen's most recent solo exhibition catalogue. The Second Homecoming was exhibited at Counihan Gallery (15 March -14 April 2019) Catalogue essay written by Jake Carter. Artist's statement by Elif Sezen. Catalogue design by Elif Sezen. Cover design by Jake Carter and Elif Sezen. Published 2019. ISBN 9780646998190. Catalouge can be accessed online through this link: https://files.pixpa.com/25126/1575426549043-9117.pdf
Reviews of Elif's work:
Read Jennifer Mackenzie's review on Elif's newest book 'A Little Book of Unspoken History' here: http://cordite.org.au/reviews/mackenzie-sezen/?fbclid=IwAR2xrNdLx9ur80t76y5AmIXXay_l_iQyrt3XX73lJyQvB8iu85zSI1DJy_c
Read Beatriz Copello's review on Elif's book 'Universal Mother' here: https://rochfordstreetreview.com/2019/05/02/passion-intelligence-creativity-beatriz-copello-reviews-universal-mother-by-elif-sezen/
Read Nadia Niaz's review on Elif's book 'Universal Mother' here: http://themissingslate.com/2017/05/03/the-word/
Read Paul Magee's piece on Elif's poems 'Dear Immigrants' and 'The Turkish Bath' here: https://cordite.org.au/essays/sezen-magee/
Elif's poem 'Immunosuppression' is favourably reviewed in Cordite by Siobhan Hodge -along with other poems from Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry: http://cordite.org.au/reviews/hodge-cassidy-wilkinson/
Links to some of Elif's published poems:
'Two indigo children': https://oldwaterratpublishing.com/two-indigo-children/
'The night is pregnant' & 'The Universal Garden' (in English / Turkish): https://www.wordsandworldsmagazine.com/archive-1/summer-issue-sommer-ausgabe-2020/elif-sezen/
'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome': http://mascarareview.com/elif-sezen/
'The Universal Garden', 'Immunosuppression', 'The book of broken curses', 'The dead woman', 'The living room': http://gloriasmh.com/books/universal-mother-elif-sezen/
'The Word': http://themissingslate.com/2017/05/03/the-word/
'The Turkish Bath': http://cordite.org.au/poetry/confession/the-turkish-bath-hamam/
'Dear Immigrants': http://cordite.org.au/poetry/confession/dear-immigrants-sevgili-gocmenler/
'Our Night Afternoon': http://cordite.org.au/poetry/confession/our-night-afternoon/
'Undressing the ego': http://www.buddhistpoetryreview.com/archives/issue-eleven/elif-sezen
'The city of Pierrots': http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=38394#.WMeguH91Rn0
'The night is pregnant': http://wonderbookofpoetry.org/elif-sezens-the-night-is-pregnant/
Elif Sezen's poem titled 'Camille' and essay 'Camille Claudel, the dangerous French sculptor: welcoming her back', featured in Edinburgh University, Dangerous Women Project: http://dangerouswomenproject.org/2016/12/26/camille-claudel-the-dangerous-french-sculptor/(Australia), Amberflora, Australian Poetry Journal.
Other publications in books, journals and anthologies:
Elif's essay, poetry and visual artworks were published in 'The
Art of Being Dangerous: Exploring Women and Danger through Creative
Expression' (Leuven University Press), Ed. Jo Shaw & Ben Fletcher
Elif's poetry appeared in'Hope for whole: poets speak up to Adani', anthology edited by Anne Elvey, Rosslyn Avenue Productions -in collaboration with Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics, March 2018, e-copy: https://plumwoodmountain.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/hope_for_whole_poets_speak_up_to-_adani-ebook050318b.pdf
Elif's biographical essay was published in 'What happened at the pier: Recalling the journey ii', a rich collection of micro biographies that reflect the experience of migration from 26 different beginnings, by Lella Cariddi and Multicultural Arts Victoria, edited by Bailey Wall: https://issuu.com/multiculturalarts/docs/recalling_the_journey_11_2018
Montreal International Poetry Prize Anthology 2011 (Canada), Dodecahedron: Poets Union Anthology 2010 (Australia), Sotto Magazine (Australia), Rosetta Literatura (Istanbul), Australian Love Poems 2013 (Australia), Kıyı Journal (Istanbul), Wonderbook of Poetry (Australia), Buddhist Poetry Review (United States), Eureka Street (Australia) and Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize 2013 Anthology (United States) -‘notable selection’ section, First Literary Review-East (Thailand), Cordite (Australia), Human Journal (Turkey), Turkish Poetry Today (UK), The Missing Slate (Pakistan), Mascara Literary Review(Australia), Amberflora, Australian Poetry Journal, Words and Worlds Magazine (Austria), Burrow (Australia).