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Mustafa Köz
(Turkey, 1959)   
Mustafa Köz

Mustafa Köz draws the political landscape of the Turkish peninsula while incorporating uncolloquial language into poetry: archaic words, unusual sequences, and dramatic metaphors. In his poems language is a way of taking action as well as being a complex container of our existence.

Köz, an activist, brings a political perspective into play with complex and structured poetic language. Sounds and the elements of rhythm play an important role in his poems, which mostly deal with emotions in an abstract way rather than in a lyrical tone.

Köz graduated from Atatürk Institute's Turkish Department. He studied business administration, journalism and law, and worked as a journalist, his political articles published in magazines and in prominent newspapers. He has served on the boards of many literary magazines and as a visiting poet at the Young Struga Poetry Festival and Atzo Karamanov Poetry Meeting. President of the Turkish Writers Union, Köz was the guest of honour of the Istanbul Offline Poetry Festival in 2018.

© Efe Duyan


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