ISBN:978 0 9945275 2 3

RRP: 27.95

Read a selection of five poems from the book.

The Universal Garden


The book of broken curses

The dead woman

The living room


Read Beatriz Copello‘s review of Elif Sezen’s Book, Universal Mother, in Rochford Street Review, 02/05/2019

Read Nadia Niaz‘s review of Elif Sezen’s Book, Universal Mother, in Cordite Poetry Review, 03/04/2017

Read Paul Magee’s Essay on Elif Sezen’s poems, in the Cordite Poetry Review, 01/02/2017.


In Universal Mother, Elif Sezen braids the intersections of domestic histories and spiritual evolution. She navigates the large themes: complementary concepts of separation and homecoming, visible and invisible, eternity and temporality, love and grief, irony and melancholy.

The world these poems conjure is one of imagination and mystical longing. The poet’s mother and the poet herself, as feminine, are the departure point for the persona in these poems, journeying haunted and at times ecstatic through surprising venues and occasions.

As myth-making for a self, and as social understanding, Elif Sezen’s imagery in this book bridges the personal and the collective, in a special sense. Reflecting upon her own transcultural identity, this work carries itself across boundaries between East and West.