Ahmet Telli, who are you?

Ahmet Telli

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With his stance and voice, Ahmet Telli, who does not see himself in any mold or categorization, is one of the most powerful and determined voices in our recent literature. His Circassian ancestors arrived and settled in Anatolia during the great Circassian migration in the second half of the nineteenth century. Ahmet Telli was born on December 2, 1946, in the Eskipazar district of today’s Karabuk province. Throughout his self-sufficient childhood, he was constantly observing nature, life, and people. He finished his primary and secondary education at Hasanolan and Kayseri Pazaröre teacher schools in Pnarbaş. He received his diploma from the Gazi Education Institute’s Department of Turkish Language and Literature.


After graduating from university, he worked as a Turkish teacher in various primary schools for five years before moving on to high schools, where he taught literature in Kastamonu, Nebolu, Doanyurt, Krkkale, and Ankara Atatürk High School. The pressures that he felt in his teaching profession, which he did well and enjoyed, found him in 1981, when he was a teacher at the Gazi Education Institute. He was arrested by the martial law court after the coup, and his teaching job was terminated. In the same year, he was tried under TCK Articles 141, 142, and 146. (at that time). He was found not guilty of charges 141 and 146. He received a brief sentence under Article 142 for an article he wrote about Kurdish poet Cigerxwen’s poems.

The poet, who was removed from his beloved profession and dragged to court for years, served time in prison and then tried to make a living as a bookseller and publisher. With a court decision in the 1990s, when the pressure of the coup period had subsided, the writer returned to his beloved teaching profession, and after his retirement, he completely devoted himself to literature.

Despite the fact that it was handled by literary historians as part of the Second Socialist Realist Poetry Understanding after 1960, he evaluated himself in a more original line. After many years, the artist, who has been working nonstop since his childhood, decided to publish these works.

Years have accumulated to make him one of our literature’s most successful and powerful poets as a poet who has managed to stay in his own distinct line.
The first poem by Ahmet Telli was published in 1961. Cengiz Tuncer’s first article on his novel Kerkenez won second place in the Varlk Magazine Criticism Award in 1972. In the 1970s, he wrote more essays and book reviews, and he began publishing his books after 1979. Although he produced hundreds of works in various writing styles during these years, the poet, who entered the literature mostly with introductory articles and essay poems, believed that he needed to mature more for his first compact works.
Telli received the following awards in various literary categories:
Hüznun Isyan Olur won the Mer Faruk Toprak Poetry Award in 1980.
The book Hidden Remaining won the 1982 Yazko Poetry Encouragement Award.
Nida won the Golden Orange Poetry Award in 2011.

His appreciation for poetry and his perspective on literature

Ahmet Telli is one of the few artists who has made social sensitivity a part of his life and personality as an artist who grew up in the people’s hearts. He explained the facts of life, the hopes, loves, longings, and truths of freedom, and the price paid for freedom in his works. The line “If you are far from fighting, you are also far from love” sums up his understanding of poetry and his perspective on literature. He never wandered around themes limited to the self and selfish world of the individual, far from the reality of social life, while processing love, affection, and longing. He saw these feelings as the hope of better days in Anatolia, which was kneaded with pain, and adopted the motto of enduring these pains.
Telli was influenced by smet zel in terms of word choice and tone of voice when capturing a very successful language in terms of grammar, but this influence continued with a stronger determination and originality than smet zel. He drew attention with his enthusiastic and rebellious poetry, as well as a style that followed in his footsteps, as if he had taken over the flag from Nazm Hikmet.


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When evaluating his own poems, he always associated it with the energy in the boiling blood of youth, particularly in terms of the spirit and content it carries. In an interview, he says of the audience to whom his poems are addressed: “My poems are mostly effective with young people. Poetry is understood, adopted, and loved by university students. Because poetry is always young, poetry is always young, poetry is always young, poetry is always young girl. However, I believe poetry appeals to people of all ages.”
While writing his poems, Telli emphasizes the importance of having an idea about the world and life. “Poetry, with this idea, went through an emotional filter and became what we call language.
must be presented through transcendence You can’t write a poem unless you have an opinion.
As a poet, he emphasizes the fact that popular culture has both positive and negative aspects for poetry, as well as corrupting and devaluing aspects for the poet. He describes the relationship between poetry and popularity as follows:


Being frequently seen on television or in the news means making a lot of friends in popular culture. When poetry enters popular culture, it transforms into a state that can be consumed immediately, converted into a commodity, and bought and sold. Poetry, thankfully, is not and does not appear to be popular culture. Being famous for poetry and for the poet, in my opinion, is extremely harmful.” Telli rates the spread of poetry and the use of social media by poetry enthusiasts highly when evaluating the relationship between poetry and popularity in this direction. The poet, who calls it “shameful,” sees the spread of the poetry taste with slogans like “poetry in the street” as one of the most beautiful achievements of the youth in this field.
Poet who stated that very valuable poems were recently given in our country. He also expresses his delight at being known and recognized as a poet. Despite his reputation for poetry, the poet, who also writes prose, currently has only one story book. In an interview, he stated that he intends to produce works in the field of prose in the future. Again, while there is no clear definition of a good poet, “anyone who expresses and responds to their feelings is a good poet.” He expresses his thoughts on the subject by saying.

The poet’s major works
Poetry Collections
Years of Fire
Your Anger Turns into a Rebellion
Let the Fighter Tell Hidden Water Rot Perhaps I’ll Return
You are a kid.
Auditions for My Heart Forget This Poem
East of Your Face Barbarian and Shehla Rose – Gul e Rojhilata Ruye Te – Turkish Poetry Selections – Kurdish Cry Prose
I Didn’t Say Anything Written on the Waters I’m here on my word, what are you trying to tell me?

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