Sun, April 9th

Edward Foster's New Book Celebration “Sowing the Wind”

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Doors 5pm
Show 6pm
Advance Price $10
Door Price $15
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"Sowing the Wind"


Poetry and Music Event for the
 Publication of Ed Foster's New Book

Hosted by Yunus Tuncel
Piano Performance by Aysegul Durakoglu
Poetry Reading by Ed Foster

 

 

About the Poet: Edward Foster

 

Ed Foster has written, translated, and edited forty books to date. Sowing the Wind is his sixteenth book of poetry, including volumes in Russian, Slovenian, and Romanian, and individual poems in Turkish. He is the founding editor of Talisman House, Publishers, and Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, a premier publisher of Turkish writers in translation in the United States. Under his aegis, beginning with Eda: An Anthology of Contemporary Turkish Poetry, edited by Murat Nemet-Nejat, Talisman has published books by Ilhan Berk, Enis Batur, Edip Cansever, Nedim Gursel, Gulten Akin, Tahsin Yucel,  Melih Cevdet Anday, Seyhan Erözçelik, and Adelet Agaoglu. His poetry has been translated into Turkish and many other languages. His granddaughters share their names with Aya Sofia and Aya Irini. Ed Foster has been on the faculties of Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, Hacettepe University, Istanbul University, and Beykent University in Turkey. 

A long gnostic poem, Sowing the Wind interrogates modern notions of friendship, which, compromised by possession, need, and performance, becomes in our time simply and essentially another expression of change.  

 

"As a writer, critic, editor, and teacher, Ed Foster is inveterately Apollonian: lucid, balanced, well organized." —American Book Review

 

"[Foster's poetry] reads in its entirety like a hymn to intellectual beauty. Its mood is almost always one of deep contemplation, a search for harmony among tangled relations. Each poem is an attempt to bring an inner light to the surface of the paper…Each word has a feeling of critical distinction, as if distilled out of some more turbulent compound of longing and agitation."—Jacket2 

"Edward Foster's poetry, always exacting and infinitely sweeping, comes to us like a whisper from behind our own ears... His poems suspend themselves just above language, connotative of some understanding—perhaps common to all of us—that recedes at the brink of words…"
Brooklyn Rail

 

 

 

About the Pianist: Aysegul Durakoglu 

 

 

Since her highly acclaimed New York Debut, Aysegul Durakoglu has been concertizing nationally and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. She received her Masters from Juilliard School and a PhD from NYU and has been serving on the Music and Technology Program at the Stevens Institute of Technology.  A pioneer of Debussy’s piano music and contemporary Turkish composers’ music, she has recorded Debussy’s Piano Etudes, and has recently released a solo album, Dances through the Keyboard, recorded at the Jazz at Lincoln Center. Durakoglu has been the director of the Chamber Music Society, Musica Mundana.

 

About the Host: Yunus Tuncel

Yunus Tuncel, Ph.D. (New School for Social Research), is a teacher of philosophy. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Nietzsche Circle and the Editorial Board of its electronic journal, The Agonist. His book Towards a Genealogy of Spectacle (Eye Corner Press, 2011) addresses issues in theories of art and spectacle. His most recent book, Agon in Nietzsche, came out in 2013 (Marquette University Press). He works on intersections between various cultural expressions such as music and philosophy, philosophy and poetry/literature or philosophy and arts in general. He also organizes, within the framework of Philomobile, cultural tours to explore creations of culture on location.

 

 

Date: April 9Sunday

Time: 6-7:15 PM