Poet (b. 1931, Datça / Muğla - d. 12 July 2002, İzmir). His full name was Ece Ayhan Çağlar. He attended the Atikali Elementary School, the Zeyrek Secondary School, the Atatürk High School for Boys (1952), and graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences (1959). He worked as the governor of the provinces of Gürün, Alaca (1962-63), Çardak (1965-66); as a proof-reader and an editor at the Sinematek, at the Encyclopedia of Meydan Larousse and at the E Publications in İstanbul. He had to go to Switzerland for several times for the operations on his brain (1976-78). He spent his last days at the Gürçeşme Rest Home of the İzmir Municipality. He is buried in the village Yalova in Eceabat in Çanakkale.
His first poem was published in the review Türk Dili in February 1954. His later works were published in the reviews Varlık, Yenilik (1954-55), Pazar Postası, A and Yeditepe (1955-60). One of the most important names of the poetry in the Republican era, and particularly of the "Second New" movement, he has influenced young poets of his generation, and was read with great interest with his original ideas and criticisms.
POETRY: Kınar Hanım'ın Denizleri (Seas of Mrs. Kınar, 1959), Bakışsız Bir Kedi Kara (A Black Cat without a Regard, 1965), Ortodoksluklar (Orthodoxies, 1968), Devlet ve Tabiat ya da Orta İkiden Ayrılan Çocuklar İçin Şiirler (State and Nature or Poems for Children Leaving School at the Seventh Grade, 1973), Yort Savul (Yort Savul, all poems, 1977), Zambaklı Padişah (The Sultan with a Lily, 1981), Çok Eski Adıyladır (With His Very Old Name, 1982), Çanakkaleli Melahat'a İki El Mektup ya da Özel Bir Fuhuş Tarihi (Two Letters to Melahat of Çanakkale or A Special History of Prostitution, in verse and prose, 1991), Son Şiirler (Latest Poems, 1993), Sivil Şiirler (Civilian Poems, 1993), Bütün Yort Savullar (All the Yort Savul’s, collected poems, 1994).
INTERVIEW: Hay Hak! Söyleşiler! (Oh My God! Interviews!, 2002).
OTHER WORKS: Defterler (Notebooks, diary, memoir, 1981; expanded new edition with the title “Yeni Defterler”-New Notebooks, 1984; expanded edition of the two books with the title “Başıbozuk Günceler”-Irregular Diaries, 1993), Yalnız Kardeşçe (Only Brotherly, interview, 1984), Kolsuz Bir Hattat (A Calligrapher without an Arm, conversations on poetry, 1987), Şiirin Bir Altın Çağı (A Golden Age of Poetry, essays on poetry, 1993), Sivil Şiirler (Civilian Poems, in verse and prose, 1993), Aynalı Denemeler ya da Yalınayak Bir Türkçeyledir (Essays with a Mirror or It Is in Barefoot Turkish, 1995), Dipyazılar (Footnotes, edited by Ceyda Akaş, 1996), Morötesi Requiem Ağzıbozuk Bir Minyatür (Ultraviolet Requiem A Swearing Miniature, 1997), Sivil Denemeler Kara (Civilian Essays Black, 1998), Bir Şiirin Bakır Çağı (Copper Age of A Poetry, 2002).
REFERENCE: Mücellidoğlu Ali Çankaya / Yeni Mülkiye Tarihi ve Mülkiyeliler-VI (1969), İhsan Işık / Yazarlar Sözlüğü (1990, 1998) - Türkiye Yazarlar Ansiklopedisi (2001, 2004) – Encyclopedia of Turkish Authors (2005) - Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, gen. 2. bas. 2007) - Ünlü Edebiyatçılar (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 4, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013), Mustafa Aydoğan / Ece Ayhan ve ‘İncil Sesli Keçiler’ (Hece, Eylül 2000) - Bir İkinci Yeni Şairi, Ece Ayhan (Hece, sayı: 70, Ekim 2002), Erdoğan Alkan / Ece Ayhan ve Şiiri (Varlık, sayı: 1140, Eylül 2002), Özdemir İnce / Sansürlü Ece Ayhan (Adam Sanat, sayı: 207, Nisan 2003), Yakup Altınyaprak / Ece Ayhan, İkinci Yeni ve İktidar (Derkenar, sayı: 10, Temmuz-Ağustos 2005).