Everything But You


Everything But You by Yilmaz Odabaşi
Translated from Turkish by Patrick Galvin and Robert O’Donoghue

Southword Editions, 2005, 66 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-15-3


Odabaşi passionately exhorts us to take up the cause of the inhuman conditions of everyday life in his beloved Kurdistan. In tumbling metaphors and racing images he captures the immediacy of revolutionary life, the relentless despair of imprisonment. He challenges, in an almost welcoming way, the certainty of death in the midst of oppression, betrayal, brutality, despair and hope. A love poet and a nature poet, he creates a picture of his country and the way of life of a displaced people. Odabaşi is arguably one of the most important and influential poets of his generation in Turkey.