Gülten Akın (1933 – 2015)
Gülten Akın was born in Yozgat in 1933. She studied law at Ankara University and worked as a lawyer and teacher for many years in various parts of Anatolia where she traveled with her husband and children. One of the pioneers of 20th century Turkish literature, her early poems were more informed by personal ideas and experiences, while her more mature work focused on social issues. In her poetry, she strived for simplicity and a desire to be understood by the ordinary reader. She won many awards for her work, and her final book of poems, Beni Sorarsan, was published in 2013.
(Biographical Source: Saliha Paker and Mel Kenne, translators)
The poems "Spring", "Summer", "Woman's Song", "Song of a Dweller in a High-rise Block", "Elegy For The Right Arm Of Musa Akbaba From Lower Cinbolat", "Gardens And Vines", from "Poems of 42 Days", by Gülten Akın and translated by Saliha Paker and Mel Kenne were published on the Poethead site on 29/10/2016.
Online URL: https://poethead.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/womans-song-and-other-poems-by-gulten-akin/
Saliha Paker, Mel Kenne (translators)
Translations © Saliha Paker, Mel Kenne