Delayed Saleslady


my hair is darkening to a lengthy loneliness
lava has touched my lips, you consider as lipstick
i have propped my heart against the lights of the showcase
my tenuous dreams are hung on the shelves

there is a falling star in my night-patterned eyes
all my wishes drop down to the floor and they are dispersed
my legs are as cold as my poverty at the bus stops
my missed youth is trickling through my eyelashes

: my delayed desires are my dowery

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About Serkan Engin

A Laz poet from Turkey, Serkan Engin was born in 1975 in Izmit, Turkey. He was influenced by his parents to study at the Navy Military Lycee, but was dismissed from the school in 1995 because of disciplinary problems and subsequently became a vigorous anti-militarist. His poems appear in more than fifty literary journals in Turkey.

In 2004, he published a poem manifesto, entitled "Imagist Socialist Poetry". He has been trying to launch a new movement in Turkish poetry and to this end has published numerous articles about literary theory. The basic mottoes of the movement are “Imagist in form, socialist in content“ and “If you have no fight, you don’t have any poem.”

His poems have been published in English in The Tower Journal, Poetry'z Own, Belleville Park Pages, The Writer’s Drawer, Poetry Super Highway, The Criterion and Mediterranean Poetry. Some of his poems appear in Japanese in the leading Japanese philosophy and poetry journal Shi to Shisou.

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