The Terrain of No Words: An Elegy for Refugees A Reading of Bejan Matur’s Sea of Fate

The world renowned Turkish poet Bejan Matur wrote her Sea of Fate in 2009, in the span of a three-week long “near-trance,” an almost mystical outpouring of words and lines. The poem cycle is a meditation on the fateful passage across the Mediterranean Sea that untold number of refugees have braved for centuries, in search of sanctuary.

Bejan Matur’s work has only gained greater valence and urgency since the Syrian refugee odyssey. Join us for a multi-media dramatic reading of Sea of Fate, newly translated into English by Aron Aji and Leigh Marshall.

Leigh Marshall, who voices the reading, is a director and actor completing her MFA in Playwriting at the University of Iowa. Aron Aji, is a translator from Turkish, and Director of the MFA in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa. The performance will also feature Turkish painter Mehmet Gunyeli’s artwork inspired by Matur’s poem.

Sunday, October 6, 2:30 p.m. Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240