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Jakarta Post

Poets depict bittersweet Jakarta

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 18 2008   /  12:36 pm

Jakarta's tumultuous urban lifestyle can be more than just a cause of stress. In a poet's hand, it has a different name: Inspiration. "The city where we live has influenced us a lot and this is reflected in our poems," Waraney Herald Rawung of Bunga Matahari (Sunflower) community, which promotes the world of words, said. He and fellow poets of the community performed a reading of their urban-inspired poems Sunday afternoon in a cozy little caf* in Cikini, Central Jakarta. Bunga Matahari, abbreviated to BuMa, holds a public poetry reading almost every month with each occasion having its own theme. This month the theme was "city". The event was attended by about 30 people, with 10 of them reciting poems. "I specifically chose the theme because lately I feel BuMa's members have become more and more affected by the city," Ney, as Wa...