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Sosiawan Leak: The noisy poet

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 14 2010   /  09:39 am

Courtesy of Siawan Leak From November to mid-December, Sosiawan Leak, a poet from Solo, is accompanying his German counterpart Martin Jankowsi on a poetry reading and discussion tour of several cities in Indonesia. Waktoe Publisher and Goethe-Institut Jakarta chose Leak to join a program launching Jankowsi’s latest book in Indonesian, Rabet: Runtuhnya Jerman Timur (Rabet: The Fall of East Germany).Born Sosiawan Budi Sulistio in Solo (also known as Surakarta), Central Java in 1967, this longhaired man was nicknamed Leak by his high school friends because he frequently “disappeared” for long periods. Upon his return from Bali, they called him Leak, after the island’s mythological monster known to eat human organs. The moniker has since stuck to him. So why did Goethe Institut handpick him to tour with Janskowsi? Well, it turns out the two have worked together for quite a long ...