Ataol Behramoğlu

Ataol Behramoğlu

Ataol Behramoğlu (born April 13, 1942) is a Turkish poet, author, translator and columnist.


  • I've learned some things from having lived:
    If you're alive, experience largely, merge with rivers, heavens, cosmos
    For what we call living is a gift given to life
    And life is a gift bestowed upon us
  • Yaşadıklarımdan Öğrendiğim Bir Şey Var (1977), as translated in I've Learned Some Things by Walter G. Andrews
  • Death, one experiences alone
    Love is a two-person thing
  • Aşk İki Kişiliktir (1994), as translated in Love is a Two-Person Thing by Walter G. Andrews
  • I do not remember any other term when the force that had captured the political power in this country had become so vulgar as it is today, so corrupt, and so hypocritical; when the legal system had been so downtrodden, deteriorated, collapsed and turned into a means of cruelty.
  • "İki Kalp Ağrısı", 16 June 2012, Cumhuriyet
  • The poet should be responsible to the poem.
  • "Şairin Şiire Sorumluluğu", 18 November 2012, TÜYAP
  • A poem is an alive organism.
  • "Şairin Şiire Sorumluluğu", 18 November 2012, TÜYAP
  • Creativity is a hidden gem. Education are needed to uncover it.
  • "Şairin Şiire Sorumluluğu", 18 November 2012, TÜYAP

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