In A little book of unspoken history, Elif Sezen navigates physical and metaphysical spheres, conjuring multilayered historical and imaginative narratives.
Memories of domestic disruption act as a point of departure in these poems, with the poet traveling through time, greeting souls in existential landscapes, illuminating extremity in inner and outer worlds, pivoting between vulnerability and strength, the sayable and the unsayable.
Sezen's language charts an ethereal personal odyssey. Her constant metaphors of remembering and forgetting unfold as an existential mystical journey linking biographical and imaginative tellings.
Elif Sezen is a poet and interdisciplinary visual artist, born in Australia in 1981 of Turkish parents. She has lived both in Australia and in Turkey. Her passion for poetry and art began early. She has been writing poetry since she was twelve. She studied painting and sculpture at Dokuz Eylul University (Izmir) and obtained her PhD in Fine Art from Monash. Elif's poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies in Australia and overseas. Her first collection, Gece D ş ş ('Fall.Night.'), an experimental mix of poetry and prose, was published in 2012. She translated Ilya Kaminsky's acclaimed collection Dancing in Odessa into Turkish, published in 2014. Her recent collection of poems Universal Mother was published by GloriaSMH Press in 2016, and she also published a chapbook The Dervish with Wings in 2017. She lives and works in Melbourne.