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4 Turkish poets: music with ideas
 
Gonca Özmen
(Turkey, 1982)
By Efe Duyan Gonca Özmen is one of the most well-known Turkish women poets of her generation, dealing with various issues from war to love from a feminist critical perspective. Her poems offer an exciting and challanging hybrid: conceptual complexity and the sound of folk-music. Using rhythmic elements extensively, and sticking to clear structural forms, she manages to create a critical approach towards any subject she deals with. Her unique work creates an inviting and thought-provoking atmosphere, in which even the most political statements and unexpected language do not overtake her personal …

Salih Bolat
(Turkey, 1956)
By Gökçenur Ç. The first thing that must be said about Salih Bolat’s poetry is it is not feather-light. It leaves a lasting impression in pure, fine poems which construct an edifice. While simple and lucid things may be the key to Bolat’s poetics, he manages to do this in a most intense manner. Yet, as one of our wisest poets, he knows that grandiose poems are never the truly impressive ones. Bolat’s aesthetics are built on the conflict of the ordinary with poetic reality. The primary source of his poetry is the life he absorbs through extrospection and allows to mature in the oak …

Şükrü Erbaş
(Turkey, 1953)
By Gökçenur Ç. The main themes in Şükrü Erbaş’ poetry, filled with often overlooked and ignored details, are an astonishment at nature, a rebuttal of the emotionlessness of nature, and and investigation of the way people feel when faced with nature, time and eternity. In his early poems Erbas dealt more with individual human relationships, but over time, without ever abandoning his initial path, he broadened his subject matter. Erbas writes in a simple, spare language so that a reader who is not encumbered by prejudice or negative conditioning against poetry can connect to his poems. His …

Selahattin Yolgiden
(Turkey, 1977)
By Efe Duyan Selahattin Yolgiden, one of the most intriguing poets in the new millennium, has a sincere voice; he combines a journey towards the inner self with symbolic elements. His rhythmic poems, which make use of alliteration and half-rhyme, are especially strong in their flowing sound. Witty aphorisms about love, eroticism, loneliness and death are expressed in a quite lyrical voice. His poetry may be considered an accomplished example of Turkish poetry's complex yet emotional vein.

 


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