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AYKIN, Bedrettin

Poet (b. 20 October 1936, Niksar / Tokat). He is the brother of famous novelist Cemalettin Aykın. He attended Niksar Albayrak Primary School (1948), Haydarpaşa High School (1954) and graduated from Selimiye Veterinary Health Profession High School (1957). He served as a veterinary health technician in many cities of Turkey such as Zonguldak, Milas, Ağın, Keban, Elazığ, Ermenek, Kulu and İstanbul. In 1970, he began to work as the South East and East representative to the Eczacıbaşı Medicine Factory in Adana, Malatya, Konya and Kayseri. He finally worked as the Marmara Regional representative in İstanbul and then retired in 1992.

His first poem (Bir Başka Şarkı-Another Song) was published in the review İmece (no: 18) on 18 October 1962. His later works were published in the reviews Hakimiyet Sanat ile Edebiyat Cephesi, Türkiye Yazıları, Dönemeç, Türk Dili, Yapıt, Su, Ekin, Varlık, Karşı, Kıyı, Atika, Berfin, Türk Dili Şairin Atölyesi, Şiir Ülkesi, Güzel Yazılar (member of the editorial board). He collected the Yaşar Nabi Award in 1984 with his book Gecede Söylenen Türküler (Songs Sang at Night). Some of his poems were set to music by Ferhat Tunç, Group Çağrı and Cebrail Kalın. He is a member of the Writers Syndicate of Turkey, Turkey PEN Writers Association, the Turkish Authors Association, and the Turkish Language Society.

WORKS (Poetry):

Her Mevsim Acılarda (All Seasons in Pain, 1982), Gecede Söylenen Türküler (Songs Sang at Night, 1984), Eksik Bir Gökyüzü (A Lacking Sky, 1985), Yaralı İlkyaz (The Injured Early Summer, 1990), Ansızın Güz (Immediately Autumn, 1992), Sevda Sureleri (Verses of Love, 1994), Yalnızlıklar (Loneliness, 1997), Güz Balkonu (Autumn's Balcony, 2001), Eksik Bir Gökyüzü – Bütün Şiirleri 1 (A Lacking Sky, All Poems 1, 2002).