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Mehmet Atilla Maras officially retired and from 1998 to 2000, he worked

as the Chairman of the Writers Union of Turkey. He has been acknowledged

with an honorary doctorate of literature by the World Academy of Culture and

Arts. He was elected as the Şanlıurfa parliamentary deputy for the Justice and

Development Party at the national elections held on 3 November 2003.  

 

 

Legislator Poets

 

Translated from the Turkish by Mevlut Ceylan

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Mehmet Atilla Maras -- Poet and writer (b. 1 July 1949, Urfa). He attended Cumhuriyet Primary School (1959), the elementary grade of the Institute of Arts for Boy's (1963), Urfa High School (1966), and graduated from Erzurum Atatürk University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics (1971). He taught agriculture at Aksu Teacher Training College for some time (1972-74). Later on, he served as a civil engineer at Adana State Hydraulic Works (1974-77), head of the branch offices of the Turkish Agricultural Supply Department in Urfa, Eskişehir and Balıkesir (1978-96), assistant manager (1996-98) and member of the executive committee of the Turkish Agricultural Supply Department.

He officially retired and from 1998 to 2000, he worked as the Chairman of the Writers Union of Turkey. He has been acknowledged with an honorary doctorate of literature by the World Academy of Culture and Arts. He was elected as the Şanlıurfa parliamentary deputy for the Justice and Development Party at the national elections held on 3 November 2003.

His first poem Eski Kent (Old City) was published in the newspaper Şafak (Urfa, 1966). Later, he published his poems and articles in the reviews Balıklı Göl (Urfa, 1966), Harran (Urfa, 1979), where he was a member of the editorial board and head of the editorial department and in Adımlar (Erzurum, 1970-72), Fikir ve Sanatta Hareket (1970-75), Mavera (1976-80), Edebiyat (1970-75) and Dergâh (1990), as well as in newspapers such as Yeni Devir, Zaman, and Yeni Şafak. In 1981, he collected the Writers Union of Turkey Poetry Award with Şehrayin (Illuminations) and in 1992 in India, the Madras Outstanding Poet Award.

The same year he was acknowledged with an honorary doctorate of literature by the California Academy of Art and Culture. He participated in the Struga (Yugoslavia) Poetry Evenings in 1989, in the Kuala Lumpur Poetry Reading Festival in 1990, the International Turkish Poetry Festival in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) and in Almaty (Kazakhstan) in 1993. His poem Aney (Mom), which was very popular among young people was set to music, recorded by famous artists and filmed on video.

WORKS:

POETRY: Doğudan Batıdan Ortadoğudan (From the East, the West and the Middle East, 1976), Şehrayin (Illuminations 1981), Aney (Mom, 1983), Zor Sözler (Difficult Words, 1989), Childhood Dreams (poems translated into English, 1991), Merhaba Ey Hüzün (Hello O Grief, 1996), Künyemize Aşk Yazıldı (Love is Written on Our Identity Discs, 1997).

RESEARCH: Peygamberler Şehri Şanlıurfa (Şanlıurfa, City of Prophets, 1986).

ESSAY: Beyaz Adamın Kutusu (White Man’s Box, 2001).

The Architect

Oh Sinan

you're the holy architect of eternity

you're the minaret

elegant, deep and faithful

you're the fountain of ablutions

you're the dove

you're the limpid river

you're the coolness of stones

you're the architect

Mehmet Atilla Mara (1949-)

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