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Jakarta Post

New voice in Indonesian poetry

  • Sebastian Partogi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 18 2016   /  10:03 am

A young poet that explores homosexuality through his work offers a breath of fresh air to the Indonesian literary scene.Norman Erikson Pasaribu, 26, said he was thrilled when he found out that his poetry collection Sergius Mencari Bacchus (Sergius Searches for Bacchus) had won a Jakarta Arts Council poetry manuscript competition last year. The competition was the first to be carried out by the arts council after a long 14-year hiatus.

“The 33 poems were written from early 2015 onward, while I was writing my undergraduate thesis as a student at the State Accounting Academy [STAN],” he said during a recent interview with The Jakarta Post.

Senior poets Joko Pinurbo, Mikael Johani and Oka Rusmini were among the competition judges.

Marking the return of the council’s poetry competition, Mikael said the judge panel had attempted to discover a fresh theme, one that ha...