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Leon Agusta: Breathing poetry

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 8 2012   /  08:58 am

Noted poet Leon Agusta’s journey as a man of literature began when he was at a loss for words.

His childhood in West Sumatra already immersed him, along with other children then, in the culture of spoken or sung words, as the region is among those in the archipelago known as a land of poetry.  

“My hometown [near Lake Maninjau] is a beautiful land. It is a land of pantun and sung poetry and it will never fade as long as there is the lake and the green hills. It will always sing of poetry,” Leon said, smiling, during an interview with The Jakarta Post recently.

However, it was only when going through a far from beautiful period in which he did not know what he should say that he chose to make literature his labor of love.

That period involved the Pemerintahan Revolusioner Republik Indonesia (Revolutionary Government of the Indonesian Republic, also k...