[see web links below for source; poems Eng. trans., pic & video]
Bejan Matur (Turkey), 44 years old, was born of an Alevi Kurdish family on September 14, 1968 in the ancient Hittite city of Marash in Southeast Turkey. She studied Law at Ankara University, but has never practiced. In her university years, her poetry was published in several literary periodicals.Reviewers found her poetry ‘dark and mystic’. The shamanist poetry with its pagan perceptions, belonging to the past rather than the present, of her birthplace and the nature and life of her village, attracted much attention.
Her first book, Rüzgar Dolu Konaklar (Winds Howl Through the Mansions) published in 1996 won several literary prizes. Her following books, Tanrı Görmesin Harflerimi (God Must Not See The Letter of My Script) in 1999, Ayın Büyüttüğü Oğullar (The Sons Reared by the Moon) and Onun Çölünde (In His Desert), both published in 2002, were warmly greeted. Her poetry has been translated up to 17 languages. Her book İbrahim’in Beni Terketmesi (Leaving of Abraham), published in March 2008, was considered by the critics to be her best book ever, creating a personal ontology and a personal mythology inspired by thousands of years of Sufi Tradition. In 2010, she published Kader Denizi (Sea of Fate) with the photographs taken by Mehmet Günyeli after his exhibition in prestigious galleries in Istanbul and Ankara.
Her most recent book, published in February 2011, is called Dağın Ardına Bakmak (Looking Behind the Mountain) and is her first prose book.