The Istanbul PoemsTangled as the Alphabet-The Istanbul Poems

by Lyn Lifshin (Author)
Dianne Borsenik (Editor)
Jordan (Photographer)

Tangled as the Alphabet-The Istanbul Poems is a 68-page book of 57 poems written by Lyn Lifshin during and about her trip last year to Turkey. Packed with enchantment and intrigue, this book will take you on a journey through a land foreign yet welcoming, alien yet familiar, in a way that is pure Lifshin.

Available from Amazon.com $15.00
Publisher: NightBallet Press; 1ST edition (2013)
ISBN-10: 0989310639
ISBN-13: 978-0989310635


From fantasies of romance and danger among minarets and ringing bells to "White birds/falling thru the blue/black sky like stars," Lyn Lifshin writes of the exotica that is, for her, Istanbul, in Tangled As The Alphabet: The Istanbul Poems. Laced with historic references (like the story of Enheduanna, the world's oldest-known author/poet, a female) and filled with gold mosaics, green marble, evil eyes, bewitched children and holy spiders, Lifshin's travelling experiences are deeply poetic and true. Among Kangal dogs and pigeon houses "ready to welcome us into an unbelievable world" she encounters women who are traditionally restricted, but she transcends all barriers to embrace the universal similarities of women as she walks and talks with them, bursting with life and beauty, in the hot sun. -- by Christina Zawadiwsky