Tarana Turan Rahimli (Azerbaijan)
Tarana Turan Rahimli is an Azerbaijani poetess, writer, journalist, translator, literary critic, teacher, academic, is an active member of the International Literary Agency in Turkey and Azerbaijan. She is a PhD in Philology, Associate Professor of Azerbaijan and World Literature Chair of Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University, author of 7 books and more than 400 articles. She is the editor and reviewer of 20 monographs and poetry books. Her works have been published in more than 15 Western and Eastern countries. Her poems were published in Azerbaijan, England, Italy, Spain, USA, Germany, Belgium, Chile, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tataristan, Uzbekistan, Kocova and in other countries. Including her poems and articles have been published in many international sites around the world, on periodicals and in anthologies.
Tarana Turan Rahimli was born into an educated family on February 20, in 1970, in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan. During 1977 and 1987 she studied at the secondary school number 48 in Baku and at the secondary school number 1 in the city of Barda. In 1990 she entered the faculty of philology of Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University and graduated from University in 1995. In 2004 she defended candidate of sciences on the theme of “Creative activity of Kamal Talibzade”, and got the degree of candidate of philology. Just during the studentship years (1991-1994) she worked at the newspaper “Ganj muallim” (Young teacher) of ASPU, after graduating the university she worked as the responsible secretary of that newspaper (1994-2000) , then she became editor-in-chief ( 2000-2007) of that newspaper. Meanwhile, during 1996-1997 she was the responsible secretary of the newspaper “ Zaman” ( Time) , in 1999 she was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Azerbaijan fighters”, during 2007-2008 she became the editor-in-chief of the newspaper “ Tahsil problemleri” ( Educational problems) . Since 2003 she is the teacher of the department of “The literature of Azerbaijan and world” of Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University, since 2008 she is in the post of a head teacher at the same department, since 2011 she is assistant professor of that department. Starting from 2012-2015 academic years she is the assistant professor of the department of “World Literature” of ASPU. At the same time she teaches Japanese literature at the faculty of Oriental studies of Baku State University. Since 1992 she is the member of Azerbaijan Ashugs Union, (on poetry), since 1994 she is the member of Union of Azerbaijani writers, since 1998 she is the member of the Council of Constitutor of World Young Turkish Writers , since 1999 she is the member of Union of Azerbaijani writers , since 2007 she is the member of well-known honorable organization in Turkey Cyprus Balkans, – The Organization of Eurasia Turkish Literature . She is the staff member of academic journal of “History and thinking” of Turkish World Studying Organization.
She is the founder of literary unities as “ Qar Chicheyi” ( Primrose) and “Addimlar” ( Steps) ( ASPU), like the member of Union of World Young Turkish Writers she took an active part in compiling and publishing the poetry Anthologies titled as “Qar Chicheyi” , “Addimlar” and “ The voice of Turk” . She researches in the field of Azerbaijan literature, literature of Turkey, The literature of Bati Trakya, Russian literature, Japanese literature, the literature of western countries, Azerbaijani literary critic. She is engaged in giving lectures on the history of Azerbaijan literary critic, literary relations, literature of Western countries, literature of East Slavic people, literature of Japan, Modern Azerbaijani literature, the literature of Turkish people.
Including she is engaged in writing poetry and prose, literary criticism, publicism and translation. Her works have been published in Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Italy Iran, Chili, Russia, England and other countries. She was the participant of a number of international symposiums, conference, and literary events. She is the author of six books and more than 400 articles.
In 2007 Tarana Turan Rahimli got the prize of “Qelem” (Pen) of the competition held by “Caucasus Media” on the occasion of National Media and 170 yearly anniversary of Hasan bey Zardabi. In 2007 she got the message of thanks by the Dean’s office of the faculty according to the results of the examinations held by her.
In 2009 she was honored with the prizes of “The scientific secretary of the year: by the Organization of New Writers and Artisans. In 2012 in Turkey she got Honorary Decree of Eurasia Turkish Literatures of Cyprus Balkans, the Honorary Decree of Gediz University of Turkish Republic, Official thanks of Izmir Konak Municipality. Including she was honored with Honorably Decree of Istanbul Tuzla Municipality.
In 2013 at Baku gathering of she got the prize of “For service to Turkish World” by the Union of World Young Turkish Writers. On May of 2013 in Turkey she got Honorary Decree of KIBATEK, Honorary Decree of Okan university of Turkish Republic, on December of 2014 she got Honorary Decree and official thanking letter. In 2014 she was honored with the International Prize of Akif Samad by Union of Turkish Activist Artisans.
On August of 2015 she was honored with Honorary Decree by Turkish Art Platforum. Since May of 205 she is grant-holder of the President of Azerbaijan RepublicShe is received the honorary decree of the Pablo Neruda Cultural Association in Italy (KIBATEK-39) and premia International Gold Bridge in Bari Aldo Moro University’s (2016). The International Award “Rasul Rza” in Azerbaijan and Mikayil Mushfig Prize, literary prize “Honor Service” from Kirkuk Cultural Center in Iraq. The poet won the competition “Veliero” film and literary competition held in 2017 in Calabria, Italy. A number of articles have been published about her literary activity in the scientific and literary press of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russian, Greek, Germany, Uzbekistan. In Turkey her two books “They will recognize me from my love” (İzmir, 2013,) “The poem that I didn’t write to you” (Ankara ,2013) have been published. Including her monograph “ The decent follower of the Great generation” about Kamal Talibzade , the eminent literary critic, Academic of Azerbaijan ( Baku, 2012) , the poetry collection of “ The Whisper of Grief”, (Baku, 2007) textbooks titled as “The creative problems of literature and literary critic “ ( Baku, 2009) , a scientific book titled as “ From the literature to eternity” (Baku, 2015) have been published. In 2017 the monograph “The Azerbaijani prose and criticism” was published and awarded with the honorary decree of the Union of Writers of Azerbaijan.
IT WOULD BE BETTER ONLY FOR A DAY
TO BE A CHILD IN THE ARMS OF
It would be better if one turns to a bee,
And settle on the flowers of the world.
When your lips tremble because of happiness,
You won’t be able to find a word.
Let your breath become dry
Because of the excitement.
When you forget the earth and the sky,
Let the great God protect you.
It would be better if you are splashed like stars,
Then to be gathered together for to be the sun.
It would be better only for a day
To be a child in the arms of God.
I AM LOOKING FOR A GRAVE LOOKING LIKE ME
I am leaving, bless me,
Let this longing fit to my life.
I couldn’t find the word to be said to you,
Tell a word, let it be a keepsake from us.
I am not alone, grief is also a company,
When you have nobody near you.
Even a death might be consolation
When there is left no address to go.
I find no place , nor I have power to carry,
I got tired of because of my being.
In order you find me when you search for me,
I am looking for a grave looking like me.
Translator: Sevil Gulten