Norman Erikson Pasaribu

Norman Erikson Pasaribu is a Toba Batak translator of Indonesian poetry. Their collection of stories Happy Stories, Mostly (tr. Tiffany Tsao) won the 2022 Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses and was longlisted in the 2022 International Booker Prize. Their favorite thing from the Western civilisations is the Pret Bar, which they think is amazing and deserving of all the praise.

3 Ni Made Purnama Sari English Translations by Norman Erikson Pasaribu

My Hands my hands, have you finished any work today why do our thoughts keep vanishing, is your grip weakening stay close to me, we’ll spend our days with books again please stop writing poems about us going extinct have …

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Brown Rivers

I observe the brown rivers in your fingers as you highlight your favourite lines in my poetry I observe your head, it’s a little bit tilted, as you take pictures of the rusty bones of Long Biên Bridge no luck …

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Call Me By Your Name, Which Is Irresponsible and Not Meteoric

We both know it’s easier between two beautiful people We both know it’s easier when it’s a nice mountain mansion in Italy with a shallow pool and a live-in adult-nanny And we both know it’s easier since it’s summer with …

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Making Instant Noodles at the End of the Rainbow

Written by Norman Erikson Pasaribu, translated by Tiffany Tsao Wake up. It’s four a.m. Your cellphone alarm goes off. It’s for Christy—her morning Quiet Time. Turn off the alarm and make the bed. This is usually Christy’s job. Go to …

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