Keep the Change (Two Seas Volume III)
Selected Poems from the Turkish Second New
by Cemal Süreya, Turgut Uyar & İlhan Berk

Edited & Translated by Omer Kursat

ISBN 978-0-9835041-8-4. 52 pages, 7'' x 10'', $8.95

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Second New is a conceptual poetry movement that emerged in Turkey in the 1950's and continued into the 70's. It is conceptual in the sense that the poetry was developed independently without any manifesto, rules or guidelines and that the name “Second New” was coined afterwards, but in principle the works shared an avant-garde style with characteristics described as personal, obscure and abstract. The core poets, in no particular order, are İlhan Berk, Turgut Uyar, Edip Cansever, Cemal Süreya, Ece Ayhan, Ülkü Tamer and Sezai Karakoç. 
 
Keep the Change is a short collection of selected poems for only three of the poets, Cemal Süreya, Turgut Uyar and İlhan Berk as a tiny slice of the poems of the Second New, nevertheless, it is representative of the style and stands as a complete piece of derivative work while staying close to the originals.

     

I said if it was spring
upon seeing the basil bloom suddenly
an undeniable eternity
hand in hand with heartbreaking feelings

winter
winter of course
or so
or fall

ask that to lovers

but if you ask me
it’s like the summer sweat on a child
that dries and fades away

—  IS IT SPRING (İLKYAZ MI by Turgut Uyar)

...
Yet a cup of water was enough to wet your hair
We’d get full on a slice of bread and an olive or two
If I kissed you once two felt hurt
If I tried to kiss you twice three felt upset 
...
—  from LOVE (AŞK by Cemal Süreya)


...
someone opens the window and suddenly shouts
o life, you too exist
just like death

—  from US NOW (ŞİMDİ BİZ by Turgut Uyar)