Poet and writer (b. 1925, Kızıluşağı village / Arapkir / Malatya – d. October 1995, İstanbul). He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Law (1950). He worked as a journalist, lawyer, and teacher. He took part in administrators of Union Party as a Secretary General (1969).
His poems that were published in periodical Çınaraltı for the first time in 1943, took part in his own publications Kervan (1947) and Çadır (1949-50) and his humorous writings took part in periodical Akbaba. He published periodical Şiir Defteri as from 1989.
He gained a reputation with his poem “Anayasso” (Constitution, 1968), which reflected successively the problems of people of Eastern Anatolia and which was also adapted to stage later. Belli, who was a representative of his own lyrism, majored on the subjects love, nostalgia, youth in his poems in which humor and popular saying stood in the forefront. These poems, which included problems of mountain and country life, made him gain a reputation that can not be regarded as little in comparison to his conditions.
POETRY: Köy Akşamları (The Village Nights, 1947), Bahar Şarkısı (The Song of Spring, 1949), Başşehir Sokağı (The Capital Street, 1957), Güzçiçeği (The Autumn Flower, 1958), Şeytan Diyor ki (The Evil Says That, 1959), Bahar Güneşi (The Spring Sun, 1959), Boncuk Kutusu (The Bead Box, satires, 1960), Cankuşum (My Soul Bird, 1960), Karpuz Dilimi (The Watermelon Slice, 1961), Gelin Telleri (Strings of Bride, 1962), İpek Kaplı Defter (The Notebook Covered with Silk, 1962), Satırbaşı (New Line, 1963), Uykusuz Trenler (the Sleepless Trains, 1963), Sabırtaşı (1964), Güzçiçeği (The Autumn Flower, 2 volumes, 1965), Anayasso (Constitution, 1968, as a play, 1970), Bir Yangının Külü (Ash of a Fire, 1974), Renkli Balonlar (Colorful Balloons, 1974), Otopsi (Autopsy, 1974), Öpme Beni Bu Akşam (Don’t Kiss Me Tonight, 1974).
SHORT STORY: Tükenmez Kalem (The Pen, 1974).
TRAVEL LITERATURE: Yavru Vatandan Notlar (Notes from Babyland, 1959), Cumhuriyetin Eşiğinden Kıbrıs (The Cyprus from Threshold of Republic, 1960).
STUDY: Ağabeyim Mustafa Kemal (My Brother Mustafa Kemal, 1959), Bülent Ecevit (Bülent Ecevit, 1975), Bilinmeyen Yönleriyle Rauf Denktaş (Rauf Denktaş, with His Unkonwn Sides, 1983), Atatürk'ün Aşk Hayatı (Life of Romance of Atatürk, 1988), Babıâli* Babıâdi* / Türkiye'de Basın Rezaletleri (Babıâli Babıâdi* / Press Scandals in Turkey, 1988), Fikriye (Fikriye, 1995).
MEMOIR: Büyük Paydos (Great Break, 1963).
PLAY: Zeydo Ağa (Zeydo Ağa, 1971).
HUMOROUS STORY: Aşk Dersleri (Love Lessons, 1980).