Poet and writer (b. 1895, İstanbul - d. 11 March 1967). He also used Arif Ünlü, İzci, Kamber, Sarı Çizmeli Mehmet Ağa and Yakuboğlu Işık as pen names. After attending the Vefa High School and Alyans İzrailit School, he graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Literature (1915) by passing the outside exams. He served as a teacher of literature in İzmit, Galatasaray and Mercan High Schools and at foreign private high schools in İstanbul. He edited the review Şair (1918-19, 15 volumes) which he published and the weekly humor magazine Akbaba which Orhan Seyfi began publishing in 1923. Later on, he was elected as a deputy of Ordu from the Republican People’s Party (1946). Afterwards, he resumed his work in publication. His grave is in Zincirlikuyu.
His poems were firstly published in the review Kehkeşan in 1914, and later on in the reviews Türk Yurdu, Servet-i Fünûn, Şair, İnci (1919) and Büyük Mecmua (1919). He published his humorous poems in the weekly review Diken (1918-20) which he published with Orhan Seyfi with the pen name of Çimdik. He was recognized with his bare and fluent poems as a member of “Five Poets of Five-syllabic Poetry”.
POETRY: Akından Akına (From Assault to Assault, 1916), Cenk Ufukları (The Horizons of Battle, 1917), Aşıklar Yolu (The Path oh Lovers, 1919), Yanardağ (Volcano, 1928), Bir Servi Gölgesi (Shadow of Cypress, 1938), Kuş Cıvıltıları (Bird Cheeps, children's poems, 1938), Bir Rüzgâr Esti (A Wind Has Passed, with the play “Binnaz” (Binnaz, 1962).
PLAY: Kördüğüm (Gordian Knot, 1917), Binnaz (Binnaz, in syllabic meter, in verse, adapted to movie, 1918), Şüphe (Doubt, 1918), Name (Letter, 1919), Latife (Joke, in verse, 1923), Nikâhta Keramet (Miracle in Marriage, 1923).
NOVEL: Kürkçü Dükkânı (Furrier Shop, 1931), Şeker Osman (Candy Osman, 1932), Göç (Migration, 1943), Sarı Çizmeli Mehmet Ağa (I Don’t Know Who, 1956), Gün Doğmadan (Before the Morning Comes, 1960).
TRAVEL LITERATURE: Göz Ucuyla Avrupa (Europe at A Furtive Glance, 1958).
BIOGRAPHY: İsmet İnönü (İsmet İnönü, 1946).
MEMOIR: Portreler (Portraits, 1960), Bizim Yokuş (Our Ascent, 1966).