Secrets Need Words: Indonesian Poetry, 1966-1998

Harry Aveling, Editor, Harry Aveling, Translator
Harry Aveling, Editor, Harry Aveling, Translator Ohio University Press $26 (389p) ISBN 978-0-89680-216-2
Reviewed on: 07/01/2001
Release date: 06/01/2001
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""Indonesia's future is two-hundred million gaping mouths./ Indonesia's future is 15-watt light globes, some white and some black, lighting alternately./ Indonesia's future is a game of Ping Pong, going on all day and all night with a ball shaped like a goose egg./ Give/ Indonesia/ Back/ to me."" From the wonderfully didactic verse of Taufiq Ismail and the rest of ""The Generation of 1966"" to ""The Post Indonesia Generation"" that continues to press for renewal, Secrets Need Words: Indonesian Poetry, 1965-1998, a bilingual anthology, introduces readers to the political complexities and samizdat poetic salvos that marked the Suharto era. Edited by Harry Aveling, head of the Indonesian/Malay program at La Trobe University in Australia, the book is divided into theme-based chapters (""Nature and Irony""; ""The World Become Absurd,"" etc.) with short, cogent introductory notes and excellent translations throughout. The energy and inventiveness of this work are not to be missed. ( June)
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