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fourth draft

YOU KILL YOURSELF TO RAISE THE DEAD

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the animals on a very bright day offer professions of good will. one month ago, near the shores of the Bosphorus, i slept on a park bench then ate a potato. the Bosphorus is not an empty background. this gut kicks or rather there is a stranger at the door and the stranger is a strangler. i found grieving in the grass and constantly stain the curtains. i found a pervert in my throat. What is attached to a dignified demeanor? If you are too comfortable with a voice do not employ it. The ships are not the waves and vice versa.
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you kill yourself to raise the dead.

all the people that we’ve _______ and all the people that we’ve_______

you kill yourself to raise the dead.

the years flash.

what goes thin goes sure.

you kill yourself to raise the dead.

freckles on the shoreline.

my phone refuses to sing.

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third draft

PLAYING DRESS UP

this gut kicks. this is a stranger and a strangler. i stain these curtains.
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i found grieving in the grass. I found a pervert in my throat. Don’t mistake the ships for the waves. If you suspect a voice do not employ it. the animals on a very bright day offer professions of good will. one month ago, near the shores of the Bosphorus, I slept on a park bench then ate a potato. this forest is not an empty background.
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you kill yourself to raise the dead.

all the people that we’ve _______ and all the people that we’ve_______

you kill yourself to raise the dead.

the years flash.

what goes thin goes sure.

you kill yourself to raise the dead.

freckles on the shoreline.

my phone refuses to sing.

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second draft

PLAYING DRESS UP



this gut kicks. this is a stranger and a strangler. i stain these curtains.

a wave of ships.
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i found grieving in the grass.

don’t you swallow.
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you kill yourself to raise the dead.

all the people that we’ve _______ and all the people that we’ve_______

you kill yourself to raise the dead.

the years flash.

what goes thin goes sure.

you kill yourself to raise the dead.

freckles on the shoreline.

my phone refuses to sing.

early Saturday morning first draft

PLAYING DRESS UP

this gut kicks. this is a stranger and a strangler. i stain these curtains.

a wave of ships.

i found grieving in the grass.

don’t you swallow.

all the people that we’ve _______ and all the people that we’ve_______

you kill yourself to raise the dead.

the years flash.

what goes thin goes sure.

freckles on the shoreline.

my phone refuses to sing.

from primitive Pianos

HOUSE VERSUS HOME

my teeth have gone grimey
there is a baby chest inside me

i turned in bed to repel
the ghosts

this face slides away

towards the morning
foreign voices drift
around me

the house is more to die
than to live in *



* Ilhan Berk’s poem “Garden”

Turkish translation of my poem from Primitive Pianos

A student at Middle East Technical University translated a poem about uprooting. The transition from Poland to Turkey. Here is the Turkish translation:


Yaklaşan Kök Kanal Tedavisini Duymanın Ardından


bilmiyoruz nerede durduğumuzu


ya da kiminle durduğumuzu
ya da neyin bizle durduğunu
ya da kimin bize karşı durabileceğini
ya da neye karşı durabileceğimizi


kedi tüylerini yalar ve
titretir yaprakları telgraflar


bilmiyoruz


kim hata yapar
kim hamle yapar
kim ayna tutar
kim kapıyı çalar


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Çiğdem AVCI

ODTÜ Bilgisayar Mühendisliği
(METU Computer Engineering)

http://cigdemavci.blogspot.com