Sherko Bekas

Sherko Fayaq Abdullah (Kurdish: شێرکۆ فایەق عەبدوڵا; 2 May 1940 – 4 August 2013), was a Kurdish poet.[2] He was born on 2 May 1940 in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region in Iraq as the son of poet Fayak Bekas.[3]

Sherko Bekas
Sherko Bekas
Sherko Bekas
BornShêrko Fayeq Abdulla Bêkes
(1940-05-02)2 May 1940
Silêmanî, Kurdistan Region
Died4 August 2013(2013-08-04) (aged 73)
Stockholm, Sweden
Nasrin Mirza
(m. 1969)


Bekas joined the Kurdish liberation movement in 1965 and worked in the movement's radio station (the Voice of Kurdistan). He left his homeland because of political pressure from the Iraqi regime in 1986. From 1987 to 1992, he lived in exile in Sweden before retning to Kurdistan.

He died of cancer in Stockholm, Sweden on 4 August 2013.

Early yearsEdit

Bekas was born in the city of Silêmani. His father, Fayaq, was also a poet. Bekas published his first book when he was 17.

Literary worksEdit

In 1971, Bekas introduced the "Rûwange" (vision) element into Kurdish poetry; this was a break from the strict traditional rules of poetry, such as rhyme. The poems translated in "The Secret Diary of a Rose" by Reingard and Shirwan Mirza, with Renate Saljoghi, are examples of this style. For the first time, he introduced the "poster poem" (a term originating from sculpture and painting) in 1975 into the Kurdish poetry.

Bekas' works have been translated into Arabic, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Italian, French and English. In 1987, he was awarded the "Tucholsky scholarship" of the Pen club in Stockholm and in the same year he was awarded the freedom prize of the city of Florence.

A two-volume collection of his poetry works has been published in Kurdish under the title "Sherko Bekas' Diwan" in Sweden. These two 1000-page volumes contain his poetic works in their entirety. He has read his poems in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, United Kingdom, Russia, and Italy, where he was named honorary citizen of Milan. He visited United States in 1990.


  • Tirîfey Helbest, Salman al-Azami Publishers, Iraq, 1968.
  • Kawey Asinger: Dastanêkî honrawayî sar shanoye le no tabloda, Saydiyan Publishers, Mahabad, Iran, 1971.
  • Marâyâ saghírah, illustrerad by Fuad Ali, 125 pp., Al-ahâli Publishers, Damascus, Syria, 1988.
  • Dall : çîrokî şê'r, Poem, 44 pp., Apec Publishers, Sweden, 1989. ISBN 91-87730-03-0
  • Derbendî Pepûle: A Long Poem, 228 pp., Apec Publishers, Sweden, 1991.
  • Små speglar: dikter 1978–1989. – Norsborg : Publ. House of Kurdistan, 1989. – 108 s. – ISBN 91-87096-05-6
  • Les petits miroirs : poèmes, Translation of his poems in French, by Kamal Maarof, Preface by Guillevic, 95 pp., L'Harmattan Publishers, Paris, 1995. ISBN 2-7384-2059-1
  • Dîwanî Şêrko Bêkes, Collection of Poems, vol. I, 992 pp., Sara Publishers, Stockholm, 1990.
  • Dîwanî Şêrko Bêkes, Collection of Poems, vol. II, 843 pp., Sara Publishers, Stockholm, 1992.
  • Dîwanî Şêrko Bêkes, Collection of Poems, vol. III, 551 pp., Apec Publishers, Stockholm, 1995. ISBN 91-87730-74-X
  • Gulbijêrek ji helbestên (Selected Poems), 110 pp., Apec Publishers, 1991. ISBN 91-87730-28-6
  • Geheimnisse der Nacht pflücken : Gedichte / aus dem Kurdischen von Reingard und Shirwan Mirza und Renate Saljoghi, 95 pp., Unionsverlag Publishers, Zürich, 1993. ISBN 3-293-00187-4
  • Mêrgî zam-, mêrgî hetaw, 182 pp., Kurdistans folkförb., Stockholm, 1996. ISBN 91-972467-2-7
  • Xaç û mar û roj-jimêrî şa'êrê, A poetic novel, 374 pp., Apec Publishers, Stockholm, 1997. ISBN 91-89014-20-0
  • The secret diary of a rose: a journey through poetic Kurdistan, Translated into English by Reingard and Shirwan Mirza ; revised by Luise von Flotow, Ashti Bibani, 1997.
  • Bonname : Şê'r. Binkey Edeb û Rûnakbîrî Gelawêj, Sulaimaniya, Iraq 1998.
  • Çirakanî ser helemût : pexşan, Sardam Publishers, Iraq, 1999.
  • Piyawî la-darsew : Şê'r. Sulaimaniya, Iraq, 2000.
  • Qesîdey Rengdan, Xak Publishing Center, Sulaimaniya, Iraq, 2001.
  • Ezmûn: 1985–2000, Edited by Yasin Umar, Sardam Publishers, Sulaimaniya, Iraq, 2001.
  • Jîn û Baran, Poem. Silêmanî Library, 2001.
  • Ji nav Şêrên min. Avesta Publishers, Istanbul, Turkey, 2001. ISBN 975-7112-31-3.
  • Xom ew wextey balindem!, 237 pp., Sardam Publishers, Sulaimaniya, Iraq, 2002.
  • Kukuxîtya bizêweke, Children's poetry, Sardam Publishers, Sulaimaniya, 2003.


  1. ^ "شێرکۆ بێکەس، شاعیری سەدەیەک". Roj News. س.ح. 25 February 2020.
  2. ^ "RAHA Poetry, Sherko Bekes, Kurdistan, Iraq". 1 September 2003. Archived from the original on 25 July 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  3. ^ "ایسنا – شیرکو بی‌کس درگذشت". 4 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.

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