Poet (b. 1935, İstanbul - d. 30 June
2009, İstanbul). He graduated from I
From 1951 his poems and from 1952 his short stories were published in the reviews, Kaynak, Seçilmiş Hikâyeler, a, Şiir Sanatı, Yeni Dergi, Yeni Edebiyat, Yeni a and Milliyet-Sanat. He published the review Şiir Sanatı (1966-68, 20 issues). He was among the founders and writers of the review Yeni a Dergisi that he and his friends started to republish in 1972. He focused on political and current events in the poems he wrote when he was part of the literary movement “Second New”. He collected the Turkish Language Association 1976 Poetry Award with his book, Sen de Katılmalısın Yaşamı Savunmaya (You Must Join to Defence the Life, too), the Ömer Faruk Toprak Poetry Award in 1982 with his work, Kimlikleriniz Lütfen (Your Papers Please), the 1991 Yunus Nadi Poetry Award with his book İnsan Yüzünün Tarihinden Bir Cümle (A Sentence from the History of Man’s Face), the 1993 Ferit Oğuz Bayır Philosophy and Art Award with his book Bir Adı Gurbet (Exile is Its Other Name), the 1999 Damar Review Literature Work Award, the 2000 Troy Culture and Art Award and the 2001 Dionysus Poetry Award. He published the poetry anthology prepared by Asım Bezirci, Dünden Bugüne Türk Şiiri (Turkish Poetry From Past to Present) by extending it to 5 volumes.
The poems he wrote in his first and third books with a new point of view and consequently with a new artistic point of view after he was involved in the movement “Second New” had various results. He aimed at reflecting social and political events and the reactions, emotions and attitudes of people against these events in a period that can be defined as socialist realism. This trend that is dominant in the 4 books he published between 1970-80 reached new dimensions and while his general attitude didn’t change, his area of interest spread. Several themes in his work can be seen, Araya Giren Görüntüler (Interfering Images), psychological witness and questioning; in Sınırlamıyor Beni Sevda (Love Does Not Confine Me), sociological comment on love; in Bir Adı Gurbet (Exile is Its Other Name), the problem of identity and the destiny of people who have been oppressed and have suffered; in Oğulları Öldürülen Analar (Mothers Whose Sons were Killed), the sociological accumulation of what mothers experienced because of their sons’ deaths and in Onların Sesleriyle Bir Kez Daha (Once More with Their Voices), the re-telling of pain following an severe period of restriction.
POETRY: Gül Yordamı (The Way of the Rose, 1959), Ölü Bir Yaz (A Dead Summer, 1960), Tutsak Kan (Captive Blood, 1963), Kavganın Yüreği (Heart of Strife, 1973), Yaşadığımız Günlerin Şiirleri (Poems of the Days We Lived, 1974), Sen de Katılmalısın Yaşamı Savunmaya (You Must Join to Defence the Life, too, 1975), Geceye Karşı Söylenmiştir (That Which was Said Against the Night, 1978), Kimlikleriniz Lütfen (Your Papers Please, 1981), Araya Giren Görüntüler (Interfering Images, 1983), Çağdaş ve Boyun Eğmeyen (Modern and Submissive, selections from his poems, 1985), İnsan Yüzünün Tarihinden Bir Cümle (A Sentence from the History of Man’s Face, 1990), Bir Adı Gurbet (Exile is its Other Name, 1993), Oğulları Öldürülen Analar (Mothers Whose Sons Were Killed, 1995), Şiirlerden Bir Gökkuşağı (A Rainbow from Poems, poetry cassette, 1996), Onların Sesleriyle Bir Kez Daha (Once More with Their Voices, 1999), XX. Yüzyıldan Duvar Kabartmaları 1 (Wall Embossing from the XX. Century 1): Bütün Şiirleri (All His Poems (1959-1981), 2000), XX. Yüzyıldan Duvar Kabartmaları 2 (Wall Embossing from the XX. Century 2): Bütün Şiirleri 2 (All His Poems 2, 1983-1999 (2000)), Birlikte (Together), Aynı Ateşten Geçerek (Going Through the Same Fire, selections from his poems, 2003), Sevdalı Buluşma (Love Meeting, 2005).
SHORT STORY: Baba ile Kız (Father and Daughter, 1999).
ESSAY: Umut Edebiyatı 7 Canlıdır (Hope Literature Has Seven Lives, 1992), Acı Şölen (The Sorrowful Feast, 1992), Gün Olur Söze Yazılır (One Day It is Written on the Word, 1992), Yaşadığımız Günlerin Yazıları (Writing of the Days We Lived, 1996), Benim Ellerimi Al, Benim Gözlerimi Kullan (Take My Hands, Use My Eyes, 1999), Şiiri Sorgulayan Yazılar (Writing that Interrogates Poetry, 2000), Bendeki Görüntüler (Images I Had, 2000).
MEMOIR: İkinci Yeniden Toplumcu Şiire (From “Second New” to Socialist Poetry, 1999).
TRAVEL LITERATURE: Güldeki Şafak (Dawn on the Rose, notes on Bulgaria, 1979), Düşmanı Kardeş Yapmak (Counting the Enemy as a Brother, 1994).
JOURNAL: Tanık Günler 1 (Witness Days 1, 1993), Tanık Günler 2 (Witness Days 2, 1994), Gölgeden Güneşe (From Shadow to Sun, 1999).
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: Nasreddin Hoca (Nasredin Hoca, 1975), Tatil Köyünün Çocukları (Children of the Vacation Village, 1981), Trenler Ne Güzeldir (Trains are Very Nice, 1983), Dünya Onlarla Daha Güzel (With Them the World is Nicer, 1992), Şiirlerle Ezop Masalları (Aesop’s Tales with Poems, 1993), Çiçek Dürbünü (Flower Binoculars, 1994), Şiirlerle Andersen Masalları (Hans Christian Andersen Tales with Poems, 1995), Sinemayı Seven Çocuk (The Child Who Likes Cinema, 1997), Sorulardan Bir Gökkuşağı (A Rainbow from Questions, 1999), Güneş Arkasına Baktı (The Sun Looked Back, 2000).
ANTHOLOGY: Soruların Gündeminde (In the Agenda of Questions, 1995), Oradaydım Diyebilmek (Being Able to Say that I was There, 1995), Eleştirilerin Gündeminde (In the Agenda of Critics, 1999), Sanatçılarla Yazışmalar 1 (Correspondence with Artists I, 1999), 45. Sanat Yılında (In the 45th Year of Art, 2000).
INTERVIEW: Sanatçılarla Konuşmalar (Conversations with Artists, 1979).
ANTHOLOGY: Şiirlerle İstanbul (İstanbul with Poems, 1992), 100 Şiir (100 Poems, 1995), Dünden Bugüne Türk Şiiri (Turkish Poetry from Past to Present, 5 Volumes; 1- Folk Poetry 2-Divan* Poetry, 3-New Poetry, 4-New Poetry, 5-New Poetry; with Asım Bezirci, 2002).
In addition he has translated works.