Conceived for the 17th Istanbul Biennial, the Poetry Channel resorts to the minds and words of poets to reach other kinds of 'news' about today. As part of the project, 15 poets were invited to write a poem each month throughout 2021. The poets participating in the project thus produced poems for the biennial that interpreted the course of the world through their own eyes for a year. The poems can be seen throughout the city during the Biennial in second-hand booksellers, coffee shops, restaurants, shops, in print and virtual publications, in Performistanbul's live performances, on bus stops and billboards, and in meetings in various public and non-public venues. A selection from the poems is brought together in this poetry book. Supervised by Süreyyya Evren, the Poetry Channel is inspired by the friendship of Nâzım Hikmet and Faiz Ahmad Faiz, and also includes their selected poems.
New poems by Mehmet Said Aydın, Donat Bayer, Zeliha B. Cenkci, Sevinç Çalhanoğlu, Cevat Çapan, Ersun Çıplak, Devrim Dirlikyapan, Haydar Ergülen, Mehmet Erte, Cem Kurtuluş, Bejan Matur, Mustafa Erdem Özler, Gonca Özmen, Anita Sezgener, Neşe Yaşın
Page count: 172
Dimensions: 23 x 16,5 cm
Language: in Turkish
Price: 80 TRY
Poetry Channel concept: Ute Meta Bauer, Amar Kanwar and David Teh
Poetry Channel supervisor: Süreyyya Evren
Editor: Erdem İlgi Akter
Editorial assistants: Eylül Belden, Aslıcan Tüter
Translations: Enis Akın, Erdem İlgi Akter, Süreyyya Evren, Özgür Gökmen
Design and art direction: Emre Çıkınoğlu
Design assistant: Hatice Çavdar
A selection of poems are also translated into English and published in a free-access, online edition of the Poetry Channel book.