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Fakir Baykurt , Gelincikler - Klaprozen

Fakir Baykurt


Dichter: Fakir Baykurt , Turkije, 1929 - 1999
Gedicht: Gelincikler - Klaprozen
Locatie: Havikshorst 1, Leiden
Sinds: augustus 2000 (nummer 74)


Turks
Gelincikler

En olmaz bir topragin üstünde
Uyanmislar gün isiginda
Kaldirmislar baslarini
Salinislari coskuyla


Üc yaprakli dört yaprakli yoncalara
Ïnce çayirlara komsu
Deli kirmizi gelincikler
Dallarinda uç uç böcekleri


Durup baktim uzun uzun
Dikilmisler yan yana can cana
Ne mutlu çiçek bunlar dedim
Hayran oldum uyanislarina

Nederlands
Klaprozen

Boven de onmogelijkste aarde
heffen zij het hoofd, 
door het daglicht gewekt,
en wiegen zich met vreugde
in de opkomende wind.

Met per takje slechts drie of vier
kleine blaadjes, vliegen om hun
steeltjes de torren en vlinders,
het dwaze rood van hun klaproosbestaan
als gepaard aan het groen van de weiden.

Heel lang kan ik zo zitten kijken,
hoe ze daar staan, geplant op een rij,
de hoofdjes naar elkaar toegewend.
'Wat een geluk om zo'n bloem te zijn'
zeg ik bij mijzelf, vol verbazing
over hun stille ontwaken.

(Vert. Gerard Bosscha Erdbrink)


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FAKİR BAYKURT

An eminent figure in Turkish literature, novelist and short story writer Fakir Baykurt, passed away on October 11, 1999, at the age of 70. He died in Essen, Germany, where he had been living for a long time.

Fakir Baykurt was born in 1929, one of six children belonging to a poor peasant family in the village of Akçakoy in Burdur's Yeşilova District. He studied at the Gönen Village Institute and graduated in 1948. He worked as a village teacher for five years.

He graduated from Ankara's Gazi Educational Institute in 1955. He worked as a teacher and inspector in Turkish primary schools. He held the position of general secretary of the Turkish Teachers' Syndicate and director of public relations and publications at Middle East Technical University. In 1978, he was a consultant for the Culture Ministry. The following year he moved to Germany. He settled in Duisburg and continued his work there until his death.

In the beginning, Baykurt's work consisted of realist poetry about Anatolia. Since public awareness regarding Turkey's rural underdevelopment grew rapidly in the late 1940s and 1950s, after Turkey recovered from the worldwide economic depression caused by World War II and as a newly-established nation, starting the process of economic restructuring, Baykurt and others began to write social-realist novels and stories. Baykurt established his reputation with the publication of 'Yılanların Öcü` (Revenge of the Serpents) and wrote over 70 novels. He was the recipient of six literary awards in Turkey and two international prizes. Some of Baykurt's best known novels are 'Yılanların Öcü` (Revenge of the Serpents), 'Irazca'nın Dirliği` (Irazca's Peace) and 'Tırpan` (The Sickle).


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