Metin Celâl (b. 1961 in Ankara, Turkey) studied mineral oil technology and journalism. An aimless cast of characters makes its way through his poetry and the lines are charged with confusion. Yet his poems are not only an expression of disorientation, but also the answer to it. The word is the needle, and the poet's compass is his compressed language.
Celâl is one of the founders of the “1980s Poetry” movement. Together with other poets from that movement, Celâl has published poems in the poetry magazines “Imge/Ayrim” (1984), “Poetika” (1985) and “Fanatik” (1989). He has also published many literary reviews in renowned literary journals such as “Varlik”, “Gosteri” and “Sanat Olayi”.
Celâl has worked as an editor for publishing houses such as “Imge” and “Gunes”, and for literary journals such as “Sombahar” and “E” . He has also started a website for contemporary Turkish poetry at www.turksiir.com. Since 1996 he has been the General Secretary of the “Turkish Publishers Association” and since 2001 Director of “Edisam, the Turkish Literature and Science Writers' Association”.
Metin Celâl's texts have been translated into several languages, including English, French, German and Romanian.
Publications (a selection):
Adım Olum, Cizgi Publishing, 1986.
Kendi Kendini Tatmin , Cizgi Publishing, 1989.
Konformist , Korsan Publishing, 1993.
Ne Güzel Çocuklardık Biz, Gendas, 2000.
Gitmek Zamanı, Gendas, 2002.
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