Haydar Ergülen’s Eski̇şehiri
WRITER AND POET HAYDAR ERGÜLEN LIKENS HIS HOMETOWN OF ESKIŞEHIR TO AUTUMN’S CENTRAL STATION. WE ASKED HIM ABOUT THE CITY IN WHICH HE WAS BORN AND GREW UP.
How has Eskişehir affected your poetry?
I learned inner peace and understanding from Eskişehir. Also brotherhood and the beauty of living together and being satisfied with what one has… Eskişehir not only shaped my personality and my writing, it is virtually what gave them soul.
Do you get back there often?
I go there almost once every three months. For three years now we’ve been holding an international poetry festival in Eskişehir. We aim to make a contribution, albeit it small, to the soul of the city through this event, which takes place in May.
Eskişehir in autumn… What’s it like?
Eskişehir is a city with a nomadic soul. You feel there that everything is transitory. The changing seasons are quite becoming to the city in that sense. Eskişehir fills a person with a sort of autumn serenity. The poetry and the fact that a river runs through the city also play a role in creating that spiritual climate.
What would you recommend to people visiting Eskişehir?
I would recommend that they take a gondola tour on the Porsuk River, which has many pleasant venues along its banks. Odunpazarı is another area worth seeing. Ditto for the glass and wax museums, the meerschaum market, Atlıhan, and Kent Park with its manmade beaches… You can also tour the Phrygian Valley, which is not far away.