A Question to the New Year

Aziz Isa Ëlkun

New Year has come, the old year has passed,
A page of life has been torn out.
I ask myself quietly-
Where has the value of life gone?

I have passed forty years …
But have not yet achieved my desire.
I live stretching out my hand towards hope-
Placing myself close to my suffering people.

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Blocked Emotions

Aziz Isa Elkun

Quiet and solitary under the night sky,
Swimming alone towards the limitless universe.
Seeking my soul mate amongst the stars,
The birth of hope sears my heart.

Embarrassed, I met with the moon,
The moon girl greeted me, “Salam” she said.
Had she seen my melancholy heart?
Gently smiling she said, “Shall we talk?”

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A brief biography of Aziz Isa Elkun

Aziz Isa Elkun was born in East Turkistan (Uyghur Autonomous Region, China). He spent his childhood in Shahyar county which is located close to the Tarim River on the northern edge of the world’s second largest desert, the Taklamakan Desert.

He graduated from Xinjiang University majoring in Chinese and Russian and languages. He has been living in London since 2001. He studied at Birkbeck University in London. He has published many poems, stories, and research articles in both Uyghur language (www.azizisa.org) and English (www.azizisa.org/en).  

In 2012, he published his first book “Journey from Danube river to the Orkhun valley” in Uyghur language. In 2017, he published a Uyghur language research article arising from this fieldwork, titled “The Uyghurs are known in Central Asia for their laghmen”.

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