Poet and writer (b. 1890, İstanbul - d. 22 August 1972). He used the pen name Fiske. He graduated from Mercan High School (1909) and İstanbul, Faculty of Law (1914). He worked as the clerk in the Office of Parliament for a short time, he became a journalist and published the humor and literature reviews like Akbaba (1919), Papağan (1924), Resimli Dünya (1924), Güneş (1926), Edebiyat Gazetesi (1932), Ayda Bir (1935), Çınaraltı (1942). While he was a literature teacher in İstanbul High School for Boys (1941-44), he was expelled and then he engaged with politics. He became deputy of Zonguldak (1946-50) from the Republican Peoples Party and of İstanbul (1965-69) from the Justice Party which he joined after 27 May Coup. He wrote anecdotes in the newspapers Milliyet, Tasvir-i Efkâr, Cumhuriyet, Ulus, Zafer, Havadis and Son Havadis. His grave is in the Zincirlikuyu Graveyard.
As being one of the poets of “Five Poets of Syllable”, Orhon Seyfi wrote his first poems in metrics. He published his poems written in syllabic meter in the reviews Yeni Mecmua (1917-18), Şair (1918-19), Büyük Mecmua (1919), Yarın (1921-22). He was known as a master poet in our literature with his poems written in a plain Turkish and fragile and romantic feelings.
POETRY: Fırtına ve Kar (Storm and Snow, 1919), Peri Kızı ile Çoban Hikâyesi (Story of Fairy Girl and Shepherd, 1919), Gönülden Sesler (Voices from Heart, 1922), O Beyaz Bir Kuştu (It was a White Bird, 1941), Kervan (Caravan, 1964), Hicviyeler (Satires, with Kervan-Caravan, 1951), Şiirler (Poems, selections, with the prolog of Nihat Sami Banarlı, 1970).
SHORT STORY: Asri Kerem (Contemporary Kerem, 1942), Düğün Gecesi (Wedding Night, 1957).
NOVEL: Çocuk Adam (Childish Man, 1941).
ARTICLE-ANECTODES: Fiskeler (Flicks, 1922), Dün-Bugün-Yarın (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, 1943), Kulaktan Kulağa (From Ear to Ear, 1943).
MONOGRAPH: Abdülhak Hamid (Abdülhak Hamit, 1937), Mehmet Akif (Mehmet Akif, 1937), Yahya Kemal (Yahya Kemal, 1937), Ziya Gökâlp (Ziya Gökalp, 1937).