Works (Originally in English)


A collection of works originally published in English.

Jul 16, 2010

On Reading Woman

by Laksmi Pamuntjak
On Reading Woman: Preface to 'Not a Muse": A World Poetry Anthology (eds. Kate Rogers & Viki Holmes) by Laksmi Pamuntjak Not muses, exactly. reminders of what survives— creation’s flames that glitter— flare. One day in 2005, on the eve of the publication of my first collection of poetry, Ellipsis (Jakarta: Kata Kita, 2005), the Indonesian novelist Nukila Amal sent me a late blurb. Curiously, it was the first time I began to think of the possibility of my poetry being “feminine”.
Mar 15, 2010

A Brief Introduction to Indonesian Poetry

by Hasif Amini
For better or worse, there is only modern Indonesian poetry – and what comes after. There is no such thing as medieval Indonesian poetry, for instance. For, even in the 19th century, let alone in medieval times, there was not yet a country called Indonesia.
Mar 15, 2010

On Goenawan Mohamad’s Poems

by Laksmi Pamuntjak
Even in the salad days of his career, Goenawan’s lyric poems – a genre which one normally associates with youth – were already shot through with the melancholy of age. And subsequently – whether in the restrained aesthetic of the poet’s response to the socialist experiment in Indonesia in the 1960s, in the burning fire of his eight-year tryst with eroticism in the first part of the 1990s, in the brief compulsive, image-chasing period of the short prose poem and the interior monologue of the early millennium, or in the sturdy austerity of the last six years – there is always that singular aloneness: a leitmotif that hints at its faith in Plotinus’ notion of poetry, “the flight of the alone to the alone”. And so these poems often anticipate their own failures and tragedies, refusing to linger on beauty, let alone hope. They are the poems of submerged desire, the sum of an ironic age.
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

Sukarno

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.
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