Hmayeak Shems: A Poet of Pure Spirit

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Juni 2010



This book presents the life and writings of Armenian poet Hmayeak Shems (1896-1952). The Armenian Genocide of 1915 devastated Shems, who lost his family and home and wandered for years in exile. Yet from debilitating isolation, Shems found a lyrical mastery of Armenian identity and modern spirit. Illuminated by his poetry, this biography chronicles his travels, encounters, and thought to reveal a more compelling and complete portrait of Shems than previously known.


Chapter 1 List of Photographs Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Reference Key Chapter 5 A Chronology of Hmayeak Shems Chapter 6 A Diasporan Journey: Cities Where Shems Visited and Lived Chapter 7 Part I Student, Rebel, and Wandering Dervish: From Trabzon to the Caucasus and the Balkans Chapter 8 Part II Poet, Scholar, Orator, and Teacher: Alexandria Chapter 9 Appendix A "A Portrait of Hmayeak Shems" by Gurgen Mkhit'arian Chapter 10 Appendix B "The Hmayeak Shems I Knew" by Step'an Shahpaz Chapter 11 Appendix C An Undated Draft Letter to Levon Hovhannesian Written by Hmayeak Shems Chapter 12 Notes Chapter 13 Acronyms and Abbreviations Chapter 14 Selected Bibliography Chapter 15 Index


Vahe Baladouni has contributed to a number of Middle Eastern Armenian literary periodicals, and translated the poetry and prose of writers such as Shakespeare, Shelley, and Wilde into Armenian in Translations (1973). He compiled and edited Hmayeak Shems: Entir Erker [Hmayeak Shems: Select Works] (1994); translated (with John Gery) Shems's prose poems into Engish, For the House of Torkom (1999); and helped publish several of Shems's works in Erevan, Armenia, (2001-2004). John Gery has published five volumes of poetry, most recently A Gallery of Ghosts (2008), and has written extensively on modern and contemporary poetry, including the books Contemporary American Poetry and Nuclear Annihilation: Ways of Nothingness (1996) and (with others) In Venice and in the Veneto with Ezra Pound (2007). He has co-translated works from Serbian, Chinese, Armenian, and French, is professor of literature and creative writing at the University of New Orleans, and directs the Ezra Pound Center for Literature at Brunnenburg, Italy.


Intense music rises from the very heart of his poetry, expanding the allure of compressed beauties. -- Vardan Gevorgian Shems's language...unites Eastern and Western Armenian both in terms of its form and of its usage. His pan-Armenian mode of thought is a phenomenon rather rare in our times. -- Gevorg K'rist'inian Shems's writing is the poetry of pure spirit, the murmur of a restless soul. It is a cry of protest and rebellion, a quest for beauty and a dream, expressed in a powerful voice... The best way to portray Shems is to think of the magnificent ruins of Armenian churches. He was an expatriate, a lone emigre in search of Mt. Ararat and its shade, a man seeking the heart in others, a dreamer who longed to create the song of the heart... a dervish aspiring to be an artist, an artist living the life of a dervish. -- Gurgen Mkhit'arian
EAN: 9780761850540
ISBN: 0761850546
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2010
Seitenanzahl: 102 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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