Küçük İskender (*1964 Istanbul, Turkey) is currently one of Turkey’s most popular and most radical poets. The publisher Beatrix Caner calls him a “true rebel”. He comes from a wealthy family from which he broke away at an early age. His work defies all classification. His first poems appeared in journals in 1986. He has since published many essays and novels in addition to poetry collections. In his poems, he effortlessly links from high and sub-culture with aggressive, flowing language. No Turkish poet before him has written such taboo-free poems. He describes himself as a metropolitan artist. One of his themes is the chaotic system of symbols in a cosmopolitan world. His sometimes ironic, sometimes symbolic language tries to express the bewildering richness of this via associations and plays on words. İskender also describes people who live their lives on the social sidelines on account of their sexuality – a rarity in Turkish literature. He read out his declaration on this theme at the first Congress of Ethnic Turkish Homosexuals held in Berlin in 2003.
Publications (a selection):Gözlerim Sığmıyor Yüzüme. (“My Eyes Don’t Match my Face”), Adam Yayınları, 1988.Periler Ölürken Özür Diler. (“Fairies Apologise by Dying”), Gendaş, 1994.Belden Aşağı Aşk Hikâyeleri. (“Love Stories Below the Belt), Parantez, 1996.Cehenneme Gitme Yöntemleri. (“Ways of Travelling to Hell”), Parantez, 1999.Zatülcenp. (“Pleurisy”), İnkılâp, 2000.Aşk Şiirleri Kolonisi. (“Colony of Love Poems”), Everest, Istanbul, 2004.
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