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Poetry from Indonesia and Malaysia

WINTERNACHT 1 -
Sutardji Calzoum Bachri, met op de achtergrond Agus Sarjono en Eddin Khoo - foto Serge Ligtenberg
Sutardji Calzoum Bachri, met op de achtergrond Agus Sarjono en Eddin Khoo - foto Serge Ligtenberg

Malay and Bahasa Indonesian are closely related languages. In recent years writers and poets from both countries have worked with one another regularly. For instance the Javanese poet Agus Sarjono and his Malayan colleague Eddin Khoo. They will discuss this relationship and read from their work, together with the well known Indonesian Sutarji Calzoum Bachri. In his innovative poems Sutarji 'liberates' the words from their original meaning. Last October he stole the show with his impressive poetry recital during the Winternachten tour in South Africa.
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