Turkish Adventures

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Turkish Adventures
While teaching English Literature at an international high school in Ankara for three years, I traveled extensively throughout Turkey. After a short stint in Barcelona, I am back in Turkey, this time residing in Izmir
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  • an excerpt from my forthcoming poetry book, Choose Your Own Adventure and Other Poems 2 months ago Choose Your Own Adventure: The Galápagos Mating DanceYou are a single woman, about to embark upon your most challenging and dangerous mission. Equipped with a libido and the instinct to bear children, your objective is to find the perfect mating ritual in the Galápagos Islands. You bravely...
  • Losing Layers 1 year ago first published in Bayou Magazine. Issue 67. Spring 2017, 49-55. Print.Losing Layersby Caroline N. SimpsonWith my arm resting between her leg and breast, she begins her questions: How do you know Turkish? Are you married? How old are you?            Her breasts swing toward my face...
  • Who Left Us Like Orphans? 1 year ago first published in the online literary-cultural magazine, Riot Material, on May 4, 2017  US Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sat in white and gold upholstered chairs in the Presidential Palace in Ankara. It was August 24, 2016, over one month past the July...
  • Georgia on my Mind 2 years ago Back in Turkey to teach summer school at BELS in Erzurum, I was only in the country for one week, when we got a one-week holiday to celebrate the end of Ramadan. It’s family time for Turks. For me, it was a chance to visit a new country, one of Turkey’s neighbors. As I was going to Georgia...
  • Petroglyphs from Continents Apart: Comparing Gobekli Tepe to Petroglyph National Monument 4 years ago Petroglyph National Monument, New MexicoWhen I first moved to Ankara, Turkey, I was amazed to find similar plants growing in the Anatolian high desert as those found in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. So many oceans and land masses separate Turkey from Montana. It was mind boggling to think the...

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