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Foreword from Makassar International Writers Festival

Who are we as Indonesians? How do we define or redefine our identity as Indonesians? These questions have been going around in my mind over the past months for two reasons: firstly, because this year’s festival theme is Diversity and secondly, because the recent social and political escalations … [Read more...]

A Poem in Its Becoming…

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 … [Read more...]