Works (Originally in English)

A collection of works originally published in English.

Mar 15, 2010

A Poem in Its Becoming…

by Goenawan Mohamad
Goenawan Mohamad's opening speech at the World Poetry Festival, Kuala Lumpur, 17 August 2004. I would like to thank you for having me here, in this extraordinary gathering of poets, and for giving me the honour to begin our conversation. However, I must confess my nervousness; I know that each time poets get together they become acutely self-conscious of their peculiar trade, especially in today’s world. When words relentlessly multiply, like they do nowadays, the verbal deluge makes us wonder what will happen next to the hidden side of language, which is silence.
Sep 10, 2006

Fire and Son

by Ninda Daianti
On the curb, Saryono sits still, just like usual. It is dark, and the busy road grows thicker with cars and buses. His position is always the same, sitting on the sidewalk. There are two ...
Aug 23, 1999


by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
He united his country and set it free. He liberated his people from a sense of inferiority and made them feel proud to be Indonesian--no small achievement, coming after 350 years of Dutch colonial rule and three-and-a-half years of Japanese occupation. What Sukarno did on Aug. 17, 1945 was no different from what Thomas Jefferson had done for Americans on July 4, 1776. Perhaps even more: Sukarno was the only Asian leader of the modern era able to unify people of such differing ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds without shedding a drop of blood. Compare his record with that of Suharto, his successor, who killed or imprisoned hundreds of thousands of people to establish his New Order regime.
Apr 18, 1999

Best Story; The Book That Killed Colonialism

by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
About 50 years ago, at a diplomatic reception in London, one man stood out: he was short by European standards, and thin, and he wore a black fezlike hat over his white hair. From his ...
Oct 01, 1984

Keeping your head

by Hersri Setiawan
Hersri Setiawan, a writer, journalist and translator, was a tapol (political prisoner) in Indonesia for 13 years without trial following the military coup on October I, 1965. He was one of many Indonesian writers and journalists rounded up by Kopkamtib, the state security agency, because of their direct and indirect links with the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). LEKRA, the Institute of People's Culture, of which he was a member, was banned at the same time along with many other community organisations. He was born in Yogyakarta on May 3, 1939 and graduated from the University of Gajah Mada in 1960. For three years before graduating he taught in secondary schools in Yogyakarta and Semarang. In 1965 he served on the Secretariat of the Afro-Asian Writers Bureau in Sri Lanka. The following memoir describes the conditions under which he lived during his early years of detention.

Poems and Other Myths

by Ayu Meutia Azevy
Poems and Other Myths, a collection of spoken word poetry by women from Asia.