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‘Di Kota Tuhan’: Seeing Probolinggo through biblical lens

Nedi Putra AW

The Jakarta Post

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Probolinggo, East Java  /  Sun, May 5, 2019  /  05:08 pm
‘Di Kota Tuhan’: Seeing Probolinggo through biblical lens

Faith: Poet Stebby Julionatan combines biblical narrative and memories of his hometown, Probolinggo, in poetry collection Di Kota Tuhan, Aku Adalah Daging yang Kau Pecah-Pecah (In the City of God, I am the Body that You Break Into Pieces). (JP/Nedi Putra AW)

Stebby Julionatan shares melancholic tales about his hometown of Probolinggo, East Java, in his latest poetry collection, titled Di Kota Tuhan, Aku Adalah Daging yang Kau Pecah-Pecah (In the City of God, I am the Body that You Break Into Pieces). “It is my mission to introduce Probolinggo to the public,” the 35-year-old poet said.  Stebby intriguingly writes his poems in biblical frameworks. The 33 poems in the book are divided into two “exegeses”. The first, set from September 2015 to May 2016, takes the narrative form of Genesis. In the second exegesis, Psalms narrative is used to convey the events between May and September 2017. “I’ve been active in the church since I was a child, so what I portray is inseparable from my experience,” said Stebby, who has a day job at Probolinggo’s communications and information agency. -...