Iraq / Kirkuk
Dr. Şemsettin Küzeci
Iraq / Kirkuk
A researcher, educationist, journalist, poet, writer. He was born in 1965 in Kirkuk. He graduated from Mosul University. He served as a teacher in high schools in Kirkuk. He published his writings in Yurt newspaper and magazines of Kardeşlik, and Birlik Sesi. Out of political reasons he left Iraq in 1996 and settled in Turkey. He worked as the Press, Publication and Information Section Director at the Iraqi Turkoman Front’s Turkey Representation. In 2008 he earned his Master’s Degree diploma at the Radio-TV and Cinema Department of the Communications Faculty of Gazi University in 2008 on the subject of Iraqi Press History with his thesis entitled “Press History in Iraq from the Ottomans to Our Times”. And he completed his doctoral studies at Global The Hague University in Netherlands in 2010 on the subject of “Iraqi Televisions”. Currently he is the editor-in-chief’s representative of Kirkuk Newspaper and Culture Director at the Turkmenia Foundation’s Culture Center. He is the recipient of many international awards.

Some of his published books

  • Kerkük Şairleri / Kirkuk’s Poets
  • Irak Basın Tarihi / Iraqi Press History
  • Türkmeneli Edebiyatı / Turkmenia Literature
  • İçimizdeki Kerkük / Kirkuk inside Us
  • Kerkük Soykırımları / Kirkuk Genocides
  • Kerkük’ün Mili Şairi Mehmet İzzet Hattat / Mehmet İzzet Hattat: Kirkuk’s National Poet
  • Kerkük’ün Efsane Sesi Abdülvahit Küzeci / Abdülvahit Küzeci: A Legendary Voice of Kirkuk
  • Nevruz Çiçekleri / Flowers of Newroz
  • Ortadoğu’da Türk Katliamları / Massacres of Turks in the Middle East…

I Come From Kirkuk, I Am A Turkoman

I am Kirkuk’s bard,
I write my poetry with blood,
Do not silence my azan,
I come from Kirkuk, I am a Turkoman!

I am the Gürgürbaba’s apprentice,
The Turkish flag is my standard,
Don’t deplete my resource,
I come from Kirkuk, I am a Turkoman!

My ancestry is of Oghuz,
My disposition is of Turkoman,
Such a great feast I have,
I come from Kirkuk, I am a Turkoman!

I am the one sowing love in people,
I am the one beating the strange,
I am the one ripping off the stars from heaven,
I come from Kirkuk, I am a Turkoman!

My wording is a rough one,
My night is a day time,
Fuzulî happens to be my mentor,
I come from Kirkuk, I am a Turkoman!

I am the one from a village or town,
My pounding vein is of Turkish blood,
I am the one going only in God’s direction,
I come from Kirkuk, I am a Turkoman!

My aim is to have freedom,
My great confidence in my nation,
I hold the patriots in high esteem,
I come from Kirkuk, I am a Turkoman!

My heart aches,
I have my traces in history,
I have a huge past,
I come from Kirkuk, I am a Turkoman!

I am the title of Turkishness,
I am the conscience of love
I am the red blood of Oghuz,
I come from Kirkuk, I am a Turkoman!