bayangan memudar

forget, ya forget late afternoons on the verandah yr gedong besaran in salemba au bon pain from yr favourite boulangerie alsatienne passer baroe see how the leather the backseat of your sado is peeling like a thousand sails forget everything the proper spelling the long letters you’ve been writing the clipped, proper, eton v. harrowContinue reading “bayangan memudar”

van der Tuuk you old goat

‘i am not here!’  ha you were never there not in yr head Herman Neubronner you lost it in a Rampokan Jawa                                                          some nautical miles off the margins of yr mind skin the beast chariot-break it it’s one’s civilization that isContinue reading “van der Tuuk you old goat”

Cimetière du du du du

du du du             du du  du du         du du du du     du du du du du du semakin lama semakin susah menemuimu di antara segala macam hiper-keisengan kota ini bayangkan beratnya menahan godaan memesan moja whopper dan curly cries bayangkan susahnya tidak mencari-cari kelucuan  pada baliho the kingdom denganContinue reading “Cimetière du du du du”

Metaphorical progression

The sun like a gong The gong scything the memory of your dreams Your dreams contained within an umbrella The umbrella opens its stem of roses Roses are Fred, violets are Drew Drew with the Indians, won against the Red Sox The Red Sox of your concupiscence Concupiscent as a plum blossom A plum blossomContinue reading “Metaphorical progression”

TEMPO DOELOE

A collection of tempo doeloe-era short stories edited by Pramoedya Ananta Toer. In Melayu Pasar not Indonesian, presented in original Van Ophuijsen spelling.  It reads like a cerita silat anthology with local characters. Full of penyamoen, boedak, fat sopi-drinkin Kandjeng Toean, baba-baba Tjina, cowardly politie, et al. Settings are surprisingly more Batavia coret than downtown:Continue reading “TEMPO DOELOE”

BURUNG-BURUNG MANYAR

oleh Y.B. Mangunwijaya Bildungsroman prajurit KNIL cemen yang cinta mati dengan teman masa kecilnya di Kraton Mangkunegaran yang sekarang bekerja sebagai asisten Syahrir di pihak Rikiblik. Apa daya Konferensi Meja Bundar membuat kisah cinta mereka jadi pear-shaped. Di waktu tua, saat Montague sudah menjelma dari Belanda menjadi Freeport dan Capulet menjadi keluarga sakinah beranak tiga,Continue reading “BURUNG-BURUNG MANYAR”

KUMPULAN BUDAK SETAN

oleh Intan Paramaditha, Eka Kurniawan, Ugoran Prasad Intan’s three stories that were not already published in Koran Tempo are, suprisingly, the best. Surprising since her previous short story collection Sihir Perempuan was a bit stiff, sounding more like a tome of recyled gothic THEORIES than deconstructed-then-rebuilt gothic stories some critics claimed it to be. InContinue reading “KUMPULAN BUDAK SETAN”