PEN WORLD VOICES
A Wishing Poem
The Festival of Hıdrellez is celebrated in Turkey as the first day of “early summer”, May 5. It is also the “day of Hızır”, on which prophets Hızır (the mystic one or Green Man) and Ilyas (Elijah) met each other on earth. The words Hızır and İlyas have since fused together. There are various theories about the origin of Hızır and Hıdrellez. Since ancient times, with the arrival of spring and summer, ceremonies and rituals have been performed for gods and goddesses in Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Iran, Greece and all the eastern Mediterranean countries. One belief suggests that Hızır is a prophet who has attained immortality by drinking the water of life (ab-ı hayat). He helps people in difficulty and distributes wealth, fertility and health. The identity of Hızır and the place and the time he lived in are not certain, however he has connections to al kidr, also known as the Green Man, a seminal figure in Mesopotamian myth.
One of the traditions associated with Hizir is the granting of wishes. In Turkey, people write their wishes on a piece of paper and bring it to a source of water symbolizing the fountain of life. There, they release their wish, which if done with good faith and intention, will come true.
On May 5, the Wild River Review Staff celebrated the release of Anatolian Days & NIghts: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddeses & Saints at the Double-Knot Gallery on White Street in New York City as part of PEN American Center’s World Voices Festival of World Literature.
In celebration of Hildrellez, we asked the members of our audience to write their wishes on pieces of paper, which we made into a found poem. On May 15, Wild River Review’s Joy Stocke and Kim Nagy folded those slips of paper into paper boats and released the wishes into the Delaware River in Lambertville, New Jersey.
I wish to travel to Turkey and buy a Dobaj rug
I wish my mother good health and happiness
I wish for a bagillion dollars
I wish to find my talents and use them to my fullest capacity and be successful, I wish to be fearless
I wish that NYU loses its bid to build 2.5 million sq. foot building in my neighborhood
I wish for an effective literary agent
A wiggle monkey
Getting up at 3-4 am, peaceful
I want a husband and a child. A rich husband, a handsome husband, a healthy child.
I wish I could support myself by doing what I love.
Together at last
Dear Allah, dervishes, saints, and all noble spirits watching over me and my loved ones, please put me on the right path in life, full of happiness, close to my dearest ones, and grant me the most sacred gift of life. A baby girl (to be named Sophia).
I wish my mother good health and happiness
My wish is to visit Turkey very soon and visit the beautiful birthplace of my dear mom.
That I find my way with my writing career
My wish is for healing health and general wellness
I wish to be, to find a work that grants me a connection to my own conscienceless. I wish acceptance yet understanding to action and to be happy
My wish is for the next ten years to grow and love as a way the last ten was the cave of the bear. For joy met friends. My movie is real! Ten years. The deal makes struggle worthwhile. Joy to the world of literature.
A healthy long life
I wish and pray for a wonderful loving, good looking, and wealthy husband and child
To continue to provide and protect the happiness of the one I love
To love and be loved
A wish to heal the past and more fully into the future
I want to share my writing voice with as many people as possible
Two children, two blossoms
Health, happiness, prosperity, love, great future for all children
May serenity find you at every turn and may all your journeys enrich and the live of all you touch
I wish for more stories, more laughter, even if there are tears
I wish to travel with companionship and serenity
My three wishes: Peace at home, good health throughout life, a peaceful mind
Pain-free resolution to my predicament with love
For the children. May they grow in kindness
I wish for the manifestation of kind, luscious, beautiful LIFE-GIVING visions. Successful books in all forms!
My son is living in Istanbul and loves to play the ney. I’d love to understand him better and share with him more time and thoughts…
My wish is that I find the balance with the one I love to enter fully into her being into in an experiment of oneness through which we may endure years of temporal worship
Zelda Bloomer goes on to have along and fruitful burlesque
Go with flow
Good health and peace for myself and those I love
I wish my thyroid nodules are okay and will not need surgery
I wish for happy dreams
I wish for a green NYC healthy with no tears…
In 2006, Kimberly Nagy founded Wild River Review with Joy E. Stocke; and in 2009, they founded Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC. With more than twenty years in the field of publishing, Nagy specializes in market outreach and digital media strategies as well as crafting timeless articles and interviews. She edits many of the writers who appear in the pages of Wild River Review, as well as clients from around the world.
Kimberly Nagy is a poet, professional writer, and dedicated reader who has interviewed a number of leading thinkers, including Academy-Award winning filmmaker, Pamela Tanner Boll, MacArthur Genius Award-winning Edwidge Danticat, historian James McPherson, playwright Emily Mann, biologist and novelist, Sunetra Gupta and philosopher Alain de Botton.
Nagy is an author, editor and professional storyteller. She received her BA in history at Rider University where she was influenced by professors who stressed works of literature alongside dates and historical facts–as well as the importance of including the perspectives of women and minorities in the historical record. During a period in which she fell in love with writing and research, Nagy wrote an award-winning paper about the suppression of free speech during World War I, and which featured early 20th century feminist and civil rights leader, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.
Nagy continued her graduate studies at University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she studied with Dr. Karen Kupperman, an expert in early contact between Native Americans and the first European settlers. Nagy wrote her Masters thesis, focusing on the work of the first woman to be accepted into the Connecticut Historical Society as well as literary descriptions of Native Americans in Connecticut during the 19th century. Nagy has extensive background and interest in anthropological, oral history and cultural research.
After graduate school, Nagy applied her academic expertise to a career in publishing, in which she worked for two of the world’s foremost publishers—Princeton University Press and W.W. Norton—as well as at Thomson, Institutional Investor Magazine, Routledge UK, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.
Kimberly Nagy in this Edition
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