The Jakarta Post
Bernard Batubara has spent more than four years immersing himself in text books and toiling over class after class as a student in the Information Technology Department at the Indonesian Islamic University in Yogyakarta.
But for the 22-year-old, college life has always been about more than heavy paperbacks and hours-long lectures. In 2010, Bernard released a book of his collected poems titled Angsa-angsa Ketapang (Almond Swans), documenting his work as an aspiring poet in 96 pages of lyrical verses and idyllic imageries.
“Unlike with music or band practice — which are more like a hobby for me; something I do occasionally — poems, and writing poems, are a part of my daily life. It’s more than just a hobby,” he says.
Bernard started a poetry blog in 2008 and joined online communities of aspiring writers, seeking to hone his skills by posting his works and let...