Poet (b. 23 July 1925, Karainebeyli village / Çanakkale). He has also written under pen names such as Arif Barikat, Arif Hüsnü, Arif İbrahim and Ece Ovalı. He is the son of Hacı Hüsnü Efendi who was a teacher in the village where he was born. He attended primary school in Çanakkale and İstanbul Yenikapı Secondary School (1941). He discontinued high school (1943). He worked as a civil servant and peddler in İstanbul. He spent two years in prison when he was arrested under article 141of the Turkish Criminal Code in 1951. He worked as an accountant for a company in Ankara for a time. He ran a publishing house in Suadiye between 1969 and 1984. Afterwards he concentrated on literature.
His poetry has been published in the reviews such as Yeni İnsanlık, İnsan, Yeryüzü (administration), Dost, Yelken, Yeditepe, Türkiye Yazıları and Milliyet Sanat. He was put on trial for some of his books but was acquitted. He won the Yeditepe Poetry Award in 1959 with his book İstanbul Bulutu (The Cloud of İstanbul).
Günden Güne (Day by Day, 1956; new poems added 1986), İstanbul Bulutu (The Cloud of İstanbul, 1958), Kedi Aklı (Cat Wit, 1959), Saat Sekizi Geç Vurdu (It’s Way Past Eight, 1962), Alıcı Kuş (Bird of Prey, 1966), Seslerin Ayak Sesleri (Footsteps of Voices, 1975), Ölüm Yok ki (There is No Dead, 1980), Ay Ayakta Değildi (The Moon Was Not Standing, 1984), Acı Ertelenirken (While Pain Was Delayed, selections from his poetry, 1985), Günden Güne (Day By Day, 1986), Yoksulduk Dünyayı Sevdik (We Were Poor but We Loved the World, 1988), Ay Kar Toplamaz ki (The Moon Does Not Gather Snow, 1990), Onarırken Kendini (While Repairing Himself, 1992), Eski Yağmurları Dinliyordum (I Listened to the Old Rain, 1995), Kırık Makara (The Broken Spool, 2004), Külliyen Red (All Red, 2004).