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Michael Harlow


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Undiminished

— Nedime Hanim 3 years in detention on Büyükada

I cannot touch her; so taut with regard
the way she steps into first light, the
sea off Kadiköy; you can hear it seize her

‘We throw water after those who leave us,
may it not dry before you return –
there are things that keep their identity:

kadin diniz gibi, a woman is like the sea;
scent of jasmine, the sweet waters of Asia’


From Today is the Piano’s Birthday   (Auckland/Oxford UP, 1981)

Michael Harlow
 


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Last updated 20 March, 2005