Meltem Arikan

I have it yet I don’t know the meaning
Men say it is a cursing
Women say it is a blessing
Men say it is a dark hole
Women say it is the origin of big bang
Always inside my body yet always outside my mind
Always being used yet not being aware of
Utopia of Vaginal odyssey fears men
The power always covered
Uterus is not a planet but it is my galaxy TO BE.

Meltem Arıkan is a Turkish novelist and playwright. Her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh) was banned in early 2004 by the Committee to Protect the Minors from Obscene Publications, with the accusation of "Writing about the non-existing incest fact in Turkey, attempting to disturb the Turkish family order with a feminist approach.” The ban was lifted after two months and Arıkan has been awarded with “Freedom of Idea and Statement Prize 2004” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association. She published her 9th novel in 2009.  Stop Hurting My Flesh was recently republished in Turkish and will be published in English in 2012.


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