"In the Wake of the Day" is a book of memories and journeys; from the chaotic energy of urban life in modern Istanbul, where John Ash lives, to the ruins of vanished civilisations; from personal incident to the narratives and vacancies of cultures. Ash inhabits the fertile and ambiguous territory where East and West meet. We 'know and do not know' the past. In an 'imperial city without empire, place of paradox', time too becomes fluid. The ancient, half-imagined past of Ur, Alexandria, Cappadocia coexists with a contemporary world in which 'tank tracks are driven over Babylon'. At the centre of this collection are John Ash's versions of poems by the great Alexandrian C.P. Cavafy. Working with Cavafy's voice, Ash expresses his own urbane intelligence.
"[John Ash] may be the doyen of a new 'Istanbul School' [of poetry]." --"Economist"
"John Ash could be the best English poet of his generation." Peter Campion, "Poetry," on "To the City""
"This may be the most auspicious debut of its kind since Auden s." "New York Times Book Review" on "The Branching Stairs""
"Full of elegance and poise, properly elegiac and alluding to real, as well as imagined losses and absences, the poems are by turns beautiful, entertaining, and moving." "Guardian""
"[John Ash]may be the doyen of a new 'Istanbul School' [of poetry]." "Economist""
|The Women of Kars|
|The Couple||p. 9|
|Unasked For||p. 11|
|Finding Prostanna||p. 13|
|In Jean Dubuffet's Crimson Landscape||p. 15|
|Near the Euphrates||p. 19|
|Poem: 'I never really wanted...'||p. 22|
|Lines Written in a Hotel Room in Afyon||p. 23|
|The Cut||p. 25|
|Partial Explanation||p. 29|
|Practical Criticism||p. 30|
|The Towel of Alyattes||p. 33|
|The Result||p. 34|
|The Women of Kars (or Some Other Places I Know and Do Not Know)||p. 36|
|Without Memorial||p. 45|
|Fever of Kleitos||p. 46|
|The Battle of Magnesia||p. 48|
|Antiochus Epiphanes||p. 50|
|The Gods in their Wisdom||p. 51|
|In Ösroene||p. 53|
|Disillusionment of Demetrius Soter||p. 54|
|The Triumph of John Kantakouzenos||p. 56|
|A Byzantine Nobleman Writing in Exile||p. 59|
|In a Syrian Harbour||p. 60|
|The Bergamot Tree|
|In the Wake of the Day||p. 64|
|Finding Prostanna (2)||p. 66|
|Two Poems with an Uncritical Apparatus||p. 68|
|Prose for Ebubekir Akbulut||p. 76|
|The Antiochiad||p. 80|
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Series: ELEANOR BRASCH
Number Of Pages: 85
Published: 27th February 2013
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 13.46
Weight (kg): 0.11