Bilir’s Poems are Published in India

Bilir`s poems are published in Thanal Online*, an India-based online magazine. The issue includes a brief review and five of Bilir`s poems from his recent book, Migration Ballads. Below is the original text from the magazine:

Poems of Ali F. Bilir: Maturity in expression

Maturity in expression is the one special feature I find in the poems of Ali F Bilir when I see the set of six poems sent to me by him for publication in thanalonline. The poem “After Long Separation “ deals with a long separation of perhaps spouses, perhaps permanent departure. The poem begins with a very statement :

Your house is still empty.
My heart is wounded.

It is very simple, but the couplet brings home an inner musical strain of sorrow. The poet dreams of seeing her again , but in vain. He comes to the mature conclusion that

Your house is still empty.
Hope is bandaging its wound.

Yes, it is all wounds in the heart. Still one has to realize the realities. “Fearsome Game” is another poem where the poet tries to explain how fighters for mankind through history have faced their to attasin immortality. They pick up thrown stones in stead of roses showered on them later by history and adorers.

I have been picking up these thrown Stones
since Spartacus.

This is a true sense of history. Poetry is and should be historical although poecy might be purely individual. “Prior to long journeys” depicts the urgent nostalgia inherent in any poet or any individual for his native place or motherland.

Looking back to my roots,
long journeys, many steps,
how gracefully my homeland
has run after me.

This is a feeling I experience always, I am not far away from my native village, still I feel foreign in the new habitation I am pushed into by circumstances and even by choice.

Maybe I will fall into
the emptiness of my youth.

What for did we walk along all the paths and lanes of life? The poet does not conclude that it was in vain, but he knows for sure that he is alone after all the journeys.

Poems in this issue

– After Long Separation
– Fearsome Game
– Prior To Long Journeys
– Silk Handkerchief
– The Brand New Day

* Thanal Online, Volume 4 , Issue 1, December 2009. http://www.thanalonline.com/Issues/13/poems_ali_home_en.htm