A POET WHO IS CHASING LOST TIME

HÜSREV HATEMİ HAD PUBLISHED ELEVEN POETRY BOOKS IN THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS. HE HAD COLLECTED THEM ALL UNDER THE TITLE OF ‘POEMS’ IN 2013 AFTER A REVISION.

The factor we encounter in Hüsrev Hatemi’s poetry is our values that are lost or about to be lost. That is why we also encounter a wide subject and time range in his poetry. Therefore, grief, sorrow, and separation are in the center of Hüsrev Hatemi’s poetry: “Grief is the unchanging guest of my heart.”

The first book of poetry by Hüsrev Hatemi titled ‘One Night in the Old Town’ was published in 1968 and the last one titled ‘Black Poplar Poems’ was published in 2005. Hüsrev Hatemi had published eleven poetry books in these thirty-seven years. He had collected them all under the title of ‘Poems’ (Dergah Publishing) in 2013 after a revision.

However, bordering Hüsrev Hatemi’s poetry within thirty-seven years would be wrong. Although, he had tried to treat the period between the times of Rumi and Yunus Emre and today in his poetry, we can consider Adam as the actual starting point of his poetry. In other words, Hatemi is a poet who is after humanitarian values. His poetry does never have any borders even in cultural meaning. Hüsrev Hatemi endeavors to speak up as a world citizen; however, this does not mean that he does not have a certain nation, time, or place in mind. We see role models from Turkish history in his poetry. Even though, he has shining stars in the Balkans, Makah, Medina, Berlin, Khorasan, Jerusalem, and Anatolia, the capital of his poetry is İstanbul. Therefore, we can make the following observation: Hüsrev Hatemi advances to the level of humanitarian values principally through his approach of human, life, and society without ignoring himself, his country, his culture, and his history.

His seat of honor belongs to Rumi and Yunus Emre. They are the main resources to go to repeatedly. Later, we encounter Mehmet Akif, Ahmet Haşim, Nazım Hikmet, and Attila İlhan in his poetry. However, we see a wide reading range apart from them, as we read his ‘Poems’ cover to cover. He has not stopped following even young and the newest poets and getting ideas on what they had to write. His wide reading range enriched his poetry, added life into it, and made it colorful. His poetry has a structure that examines past and future, as it remains attached to present. We witness the taking shape of a unique synthesis in his poetry in the aspects of not only time but also of being influenced by the other poets and getting benefit from them. He achieved to come out free of many strong influences from the 60s to present without spoiling his stance, voice, and style in Turkish poetry.

‘Poems’ has the strength to appeal to any kind of reader, owing it to its own unique world. We read not only a life but also a society’s values, history, and drift in it. Thus, ‘Poems’ has inclusive and surrounding aspects.

THE LIBRARY OF THE AUTHOR:
– Islam as an Issue in the Republic of Turkey 2, İsmail Kara, 2016, Dergâh Publishing
– Where I’m Reading From, Tim Parks, 2016, Metis Publishing
– Resurrection of Islam, Sezai Karakoç, 12. Print, 2012, Diriliş Publishing
– The Wedding of Şirin, Cihan Aktaş, 2016, İz Publishing