York was a scene for an evening of poetry,
"On Peace and Woman"
by Light Millennium
26, 2003- New York) On the evening of April 24, The Light
Millennium in Cooperation with the Federation of Turkish
Association, organized in evening of poetry reading on
Peace and Women. The event took place in the Turkish House
Building across from the UN Building.
York Turkish Consulate Mr. Omer Onhon
of the larger 22nd New York Turkish Cultural
Festivities, the event started with an opening statement
by the Turkish Consulate Mr. Omer Onhon. He nicely surprised
the gathering of 150 or so people, by reading a poem from
Asik Veysel and another one by Ozdemir Asaf .
theme of the evening was that “ women are objecting
to War and that unless women participated in the social
life of socities on an equal basis, peace was not going
to be achieved. Individuals that participated in feelings
around this theme were invited to read poems, this constituted
the pain program of the night.
Robert & Gokalp Disiaçik
poets lending their work to this unforgettable event were
Nazim Hikmet, Melih Cevdet Anday and many other World
famous or Turkish poets. Some participants read their
own work. Most of the poetry was accompanied with simultaneous
Turkish folk Music played by Gokalp Disisacik and Bridget
Robert, both members of the group Sukunet, Tayyar Akdeniz,
saz player and the famous Turkish Folk Dance and Culture
teacher for 15 years in New York,. Music was also performed
by Pianist Yasin Uygunca, “Nihavent Taksim &
Once Again This Year“ , and also by Burak Akten
played his own composition “The Storm” on
the Piano, and both were applauded very strongly. Ali
Kahya read a poem by Cemal Surreya and accompanied himself
with the piano.
Ugural & Tayyar Akdeniz
Uca & Gokalp Disiacik
took more than three hours. Thirtytwo
readers read 40 poems from 35 poets.
the third Poetry Evening organized by Light Millennium
in cooperation with FTAA. The first was on “ A Poetry
Breeze from the Shores of Turkey ( 2001), The Second was
a year ago, dedicated the the 100th Birthday
of the famous Turkish Poet Nazim Hikmet, and was named
“ To Many Millennia Dear Nazim”.
group photo of the poetry readers:
From left to right (first row): Mehmet Uca, Husamettin
Unsal, Ali Kahya, Kamile Yesiltepe, Bircan Unver
Beyhan Karahan, Ugur Ugural, Batur Tuzcuoglu.
Second row (from right to left): Buket Sahin, Elif Ozmenek,
Feray Girgin, Bahar Yücel, Güngor Mimaroglu.
Omer Onhon (second row from center to left), Zeynep Kunt,
Taskin Atilgan, Ahmet Yesiltepe, Robby Thompson.
Last row from center to right: Selin Senol, Erhan Berber,
Following the first poem of Asik Veysel by the Turkish
Consulate Onhon, Bircan Unver, Ugur Ugural, Selin
Senol, Buket Sahin, Zeynep Kunt, Ilhan Mimaroglu, Gungor Mimaroglu, Robby Thompson, Sule
Ulgen, Ali Aslan Kiliç, Feray Girgin,
Farah Yurdaozu Gore, Taskin Atilgan, Erhan
Berber, Ceren Arslanbas, Burak Tansug, Handan Hizmetli,
Ibrahim Yazici, Batur Tuzcuoglu, Ulku Unsoy, Elif Ozmenek,
Gonca Timuray, Mehmet N. Uca, Beyhan Karahan, Bahar
Yucel, Kamile Yesiltepe, Husamettin Unsal, Ahmet Yesiltepe,
Elcin Launer Oflaz ve Marco Aponte read their chosen poems.
In order of appearance beside the before mentioned three
poets ( Hikmet, Veysel and Anday) poets whose work was
read are Necip Fazil Kisakürek, Asik Veysel, Attila
Ilhan, Ozdemir Asaf, Melih Ziya Sezer, Ilhan Mimaroglu,
Ahmet Oktay, Aisha Fawaad, Cahit Kulebi, Cahit Sitki
Taranci, Ataol Behramoglu, Cemal Süreyya, David Krieger, Emily Dickens,
Fâruk Hazar, Ilhami Bekir Tez, Huseyin Hasan Korkmazgil,
Omer Hayyam, Refik Durbas, Sunay Akin, Turgut Uyar, Turkan
Ildeniz, Sennur Sezer, Gulten Akin, Mevlana Celaleddin
Rumi ve Pablo Neruda. Ayrica, Selin Senol, Sule Ulgen,
Burak Tansug, Elif Ozmenek, Ulku Unsoy, Mehmet N. Uca
ve Ugur Ugural da kendi siirleriyle katildilar.
Sahin & Marco Aponte
Photos by ==
Pinar Senveli, Emine Tuzcuoglu, Bora Yasar
thanks to Evren Ay for his help in making this evening
a reality .
Program of the event