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My Ear is a Sieve, by Kevin A. Risner

Bottlecap Press
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Poetry, paperback, 52 pages, from Bottlecap Press.

In My Ear is a SieveKevin explores the more poignant moments during his time living in Istanbul in the late 2000s. This collection also focuses on situations that took place in Istanbul and elsewhere in Turkey after he had left in 2010. Unified by the larger theme of auditory stimuli, these poems take note of the sounds – sometimes innocent, other times politically fraught – that characterize his impressions of daily life in Istanbul over the past decade. These poems do not just respond to Turkey’s recent political and social tensions; they also capture the more personal and universal feelings we all have as citizens of various cities, as citizens of our planet, as individuals concerned about the future and the unknown.

Kevin A. Risner is an Ohio native currently teaching and working as ESL Coordinator at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His poetry and nonfiction can be found in multiple online journals. He also occasionally writes about beer at