Bio: Mehmet Akgönül is a poet who lives in Ankara, Turkey. He is studying at Hacettepe University Department of History. He worked as an editor in an online newspaper GazeteHacettepe. His poems were published in Bosphorus Review of Books, The Nonconformist Literary Magazine, The Rye Whiskey Review, Punk Noir Magazine and The Dope Fiend Daily.
Birth of a sinner
Echoes dancing around me
They are whispering lines of a poem in my ear,
Even though the words warm me up
I am trembling with fear.
The vulture perch on a black cloud
Are they waiting for me to fall or fly
The echoes dancing around me take shape
I can swear they’re demons!
They force me to kneel in the mud.
The vulture is laughing with pleasure.
Demons must be cutting my invisible wings off.
A fluid warmth coming down on my back
Clouds black as sin seem closer to me,
I rise and share the joy of the vulture.
I’m either dying or born,
I don’t know the difference anymore!
The Role of Literature as a Motive for Murder
Words were carving out her skull
Then gave shapes to her mind
And razor-sharp thoughts
that leaves her reality in blood
She thought of the lives she took for pleasure
And every souvenir from them as reminders
The paper cut her finger while turning the pages.
A literary flavor aroused hunger in her.
Her deepest personality—
began to prepare for the banquet
Her darkest personality—
was already ready for the hunt
She shot a bullet into her victim’s pen
That was cruel considering that her victim was a poet
While literature was the motive for murder,
the Killer became the literature itself.