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“Moon and Water”
by Lydia Erickson
// published in 2017
// sale price $0.85
// fiction
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by Ayla Kutlu // a Pen & Anvil chapbook, published in cooperation with Pusteblume
Ayla Kutlu

Ayla Kutlu (b.1938) is one of the literary virtuosos of her generation, and one of the foremost of a group of powerful Turkish women writers who came to prominence in the 1990s. Her novels, short stories, and children’s books.

// Click here to learn more about this author at her Amazon page.

“Many years stand between us. As time passed the number of things we don’t share increased.”

In its original Turkish form under the title “Ay ve Su”, this story originally appeared in the award-winning collection, Sen de Gitme Triyandafilis (Bilgi Yayınevi, 1990).

This translation in English by Roberta Micallef originally appeared in 2017 in Pusteblume, Vol. VIII, Issue 2. Pen & Anvil is grateful to the author, to the translator, and to the editors of Pusteblume, for their permission to publish “Moon and Water” in this stand-alone chapbook form.

About the translator:

Roberta Micallef is head of the Turkish language program at Boston University. She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas in Austin, where her thesis treated the role of intellectuals in national identity formation in Uzbekistan. She wishes to express her gratitude to Erika Gilson, Güliz Kuruoğlu and Sylvia Wing Önder for their careful reading and suggestions on earlier versions of this translation.

About this chapbook series:

These bite-sized booklets are a mouthful of literature each, intended to be read in a single sitting. When you’re done with one, pass it along! Look for them lying around in Boston, Portland, or New York City. When you see one waiting to be read, go ahead and pick it up. Give it a home in your hands for a ten-minute lit snack. Then when you’re finished, leave it behind for the next person to find, in an ATM lobby, on a train station bench, in the coffeeshop, at the pub.

To request a single copy of any chapbook in the series, or a set of copies in bulk quantity so you can pepper them around your neighborhood, just contact the Pen & Anvil Press and we can put a plan together to mail some over to you. You can reach us via the good folks at the Boston Poetry Union, PO Box 15274 Boston MA 02215. If you don’t have a stamp, feel free to send us an email.