Sapardi Djoko Damono: 70 … and still kicking

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About Sapardi Djoko Damono,
Written by A. Junaidi, and was originally published in The Jakarta Post,
Mar 31, 2010


He is too famous and too important as a living legend and poet for authoritative critics not to mention his name whenever they discuss Indonesian contemporary literature.

Sapardi Djoko Damono is the perfect idol for his students at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Cultural Studies. Most have devoured his works, such as the collections of poems DukaMu Abadi (Your Eternal Sorrow, 1969), Mata Pisau (Blade, 1974) and Hujan Bulan Juni (June Rain, 1994). You couldn’t consider yourself one of his disciples if you hadn’t memorized his poems verbatim.

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