Ali F Bilir Has Attended Big Bend Poets Event

Dear friends,

I am sending my regards from Tallahasse Florida and I would like to share about a great activity I have attended with my wife Saadet and my daughter Defne.

This event was organised by ‘Big Bend Poets’ a chapter of Florida Writer’s Association at a Barnes and Noble store on March 14th, 2017. The event started with short speeches facilitated by the Chair Summer Hill Seven.

Then Saadet and I recited two poems from Karacaoglan, a Turkish folk poet. This is followed with ‘Kim Olursan Ol Yine Gel’ from Rumi by Defne. Last, Defne (in English) and I (in Turkish) read ‘Just Smile’ (tranlated by Jonathan Ross and published in Scribbles March 2017 edition) which I have written for my grandson, as well as three of my poems from Migration Ballads.

Wave have sent our regards to the universal world of poetry, to Spring, to love, hope and peace altogether with our American poet friends.

I am ending my words with the poem I wrote for my grandson, Can:

Just Smile
For my grandson, Can
Just smile,
and let the stars in the sky glint
in your eyes.

Just smile,
and let wild flowers bloom
from your mother’s face.

Just smile,
and let your father whisper his heart
into your ears.

Just smile,
and let your aunt sing you
a lullaby.

Just smile,
and let grandma and grandpa find a place
to hold
their loving warmth.

Just smile,
and let good news come
from your country.

Ali F. Bilir -Translated by Jonathan Ross

Bilir’s Poem is Published at the First Literary Review – East, January 2017 Edition

Dear friends,

Written two years ago when I was abroad, my newest poem, “Greetings to the Earth”, was published in January 2017 issue of the First Literary Review- East, an editorial of Cindy Hochman. I am abroad now and I am in similar longings and feelings …
I love my beautiful people in my beautiful country …
Ali F. Bilir

Greetings from Home

Greetings from home came wafting in
with the morning wind,
bearing news of the first snow
from the Taurus Mountains of Mersin.

They dropped by my woolen sweater
lingering in the chest,
a present from my wife.
All the winters it’s been through,
all the weeks of snow and ice!
Through it has been patiently threaded
the warm touch of passing time.

Greetings from home came wafting in,
with the scent of thyme.

Ali F. Bilir
Translated by Jonathan Ross & M. Ali Sulutas

Selamı Geldi Ülkemin

Selamı geldi ülkemin
sabah rüzgarı ile
düşen ilk karın sevincini
Mersin, Toros Dağlarından.

Unutmamış sandıktaki
yün kazağımı
karımın armağanı.
-Kaç kış geçti üstünden,
kaç zemheri?
sabırla örülmüş günlerin
sıcak dokunuşunu.

Selamı geldi ülkemin
kekik kokusu ile.

Ali F. Bilir
San Antonio – Texas, Kasım 2015

Ali F. Bilir’s Poem is Published at the First Literary Review – East

Ali F. Bilir’s poem “Give Me a New Name” is published at the May 2015 issue of First Literary Review – East.

Give me a new name

a fresh one

in rainbow colors,

an unfolded butterfly

kites, birds, and the sound of zephyr,

passing through the mountains

and the infinite blue

a sailboat on the shore, and

smile of a child


neither a dark shadow,

a rope, a lasso,

nor a manacle

should fetter it,

give me a new name


                                                             —Ali F. Bilir

Cindy Hochman’ın poem has been published in Kıyı Magazine

American poet and writer Cindy Hochman’s poem has been published in the Kıyı Magazine with Ali F. Bilir’s translation. Hochman’s poem, “What I would do With Your Secret”, which is translated as “Ne Yapardım Senin Gizinle” may be found in the Kıyı Magazine’s September-October 2014 issue, on page 24.

Note: You can click on the photos for larger versions.

Poetry in Translation: Separation

Cindy Hochman’s “Separation-Ayrılık” has been translated into Turkish and published in the literary magazine Afrodisyas Sanat, in March-April 2012 issue.

Afrodisyas Sanat - Mart,Nisan 2012 - Kapak
Afrodisyas Sanat – Mart,Nisan 2012 – Kapak
Afrodisyas Sanat - Mart,Nisan 2012 - 43.Sayfa
Afrodisyas Sanat – Mart,Nisan 2012 – 43.Sayfa


Love and marriage
Love and marriage
Soon dissolve and into
Divorce and disparage

Yet another dangling participle
no arms, no legs, no love,
a paperless amputation

A parting of the ways
A parting of the wise
A parting of the wife

My name, an awkward black dash
heavy hyphen of who-am-I?

This was an 8 1/2 minute gap
This was a bit-stop along 1-95
somewhere between
Red state, blue state
Yours and mine
Here and there
There and gone

Even an amicable div-
Even an uncontested divo-
Isn’t completely bloodless

Leaves a little strain, a little sprain, a little stain
Between annual and void

by Cindy Hochman
See Turkish translation by Ali F. Bilir

Cindy Hochman

Cindy Hochman is a proofreader and researcher from Brooklyn, New York. She is the editor-in-chief of the online journal First Literary Review-East and an associate editor for Mobius, ThePoetryMagazine. She is the co-host of the Green Pavilion Reading Event and the associate editor of Thin Air Cable Show. In addition, Cindy is a contributing book reviewer for Pedestal Magazine, Home Planet News, Coldfront Magazine, Gently Read Literature, and New Mirage Journal. She strongly believes that poetry has the power to forge peace around the globe.

Also, Cindy is the author of two published poetry books, “Wednesday’s Child” (2001) and “The Carcinogenic Bride (2011).

Author and critic John Amen evaluates Cindy’s work as following: “Cindy Hochman immediately enrolls as a reader with rhythm and humor, as well as quirky and compelling imagery. As her collection progresses, she veers in more sultry and surrealistic directions, never losing her sense of playfulness…”

Susan Bright’s Poem is Published in Afrodisyas Sanat

American poet, writer, publisher and activist Susan Bright’s poem, translated by Ali F. Bilir, is published in Afrodisyas Sanat Magazine in Turkey. The magazine includes Bright’s bio, her picture and her poem, “Prayer for the Children of the Earth-Dünya Çocukları İçin Yakarı”, at page 53. Bright deceased in December 2010, after a short battle with cancer.

Ali F. Bilir Attended to the “Turkish Culture at FSU” Poetry Event

Ali F. Bilir attended to the “Turkish Culture at FSU” poetry event at the FSU Center for Global Engagement’s “International Bazaar 2011” at March 26, 2011. After his introductory speech, Bilir read his poems “Fearsome Game” and “Prior to Long Journeys“, as well as, “For Me” from another famous Turkish poet, Abdulkadir Bulut, in Turkish. The English versions of same poems have been presented by his daughter, Ph.D. candidate Defne Bilir.

Defne Bilir and Ali F. Bilir at the poetry event

Turkish Culture at FSU (TC at FSU) is a non-profit organization of students and other affiliates of Florida State University. TC at FSU is an organization not only for Turkish community or those of Turkish descent, but also for anyone who is interested in Turkish language, culture, and people.

“Turkish Culture at FSU” event table

Could you sew a shirt for me
Of the soils on which
We have eaten olive and bread

Could you sew a shirt for me
And make two pockets on the breast
From the mountain breeze

Could you sew a shirt for me
Out of my longing for you, which
I have felt so many years

Poet: Abülkadir Bulut
Translation: Defne Bilir – Kuzey Bilir
Edit: Mehmet Ali Sulutaş