John H. McGlynn



Notes about the INDONESIA Special Issue

When I approached major Indonesian poet Sapardi Djoko Damono – godfather of that sprawling nation’s contemporary poetics and a renowned translator of English-language works into Bahasa Indonesia – about working with me on a kind of ‘translation exchange’ to then …

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Editorial Introduction: Crossing Bloodlines

Baca pengantar dalam Bahasa Indonesia The poems in this collection trace the overlapping cycles of the human journey from birth to death across the space/time habitat we measure in footfalls and poetic metre. Travelled in the company of family and …

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Editorial Pengantar: Menyebrang Garis Keturunan

Read this introduction in English Puisi-puisi dalam kumpulan ini merunut siklus-siklus perjalanan manusia yang bertumpang-tindih sejak kelahiran sampai kematian, melintasi ruang dan waktu yang kita hitung dengan derap kaki dan ukuran puitika. Berkelana di dalam lingkup keluarga dan masyarakat, perjalanan …

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Writing | Menulis

Writing I plane planks of letters to build a fortress in your heart a place constructed entirely of words of utter and stolid conviction here you will not tire of counting the days because unless you start all traces will …

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Red Pools in Beutong Ateuh | Kolam Merah di Beutong Ateuh

Red Pools in Beutong Ateuh1 people come and express their greetings people shake hands people walk with gloom on their faces people hold rifles, cocked and ready people don’t hear the Quranic recitation people forget to announce the call to …

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Mythology | Mitologi

Mythology As a child he like looking at himself in the mirror in his mother’s room. “That’s you,” his mother said as she released a bird inside him. The bird was beautiful, with clear pupils and a rose colored beak. …

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Patiwangi: Renunciation | Patiwangi

Patiwangi: Renunciation1 this is my new land a spring guarantees its existence fish embark on new love affairs branches bearing budding leaves fashion a burial ceremony I can smell all kinds of flowers and ritual offerings curse the feet I …

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Mei | Mei

Mei Jakarta, 1998 To the fire, Mei, I offered your beautiful body. You went to take a bath that evening. You bathed in fire. Fire loves you, Mei, so very much. Fire laps at your body even its most hidden …

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A Poet Once More | Menjadi Penyair Lagi

A Poet Once More I found strands of your hair, Melva, in Karang Setra On the smooth ceramic floor. I always think of you When I see ads for soap, shampoo, and toothpaste Or dangdut singers on the tv. Now, …

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Rats | Tikus-tikus

Rats Rats stop me in my path The rats now hoisting a flag and looking cynically my way The rats embracing a flagpole legs planted stiffly on the garbage bin The flag, of indeterminate colors flutters in the night Which …

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