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    Afrizal Malna

ISBN: 9786029144253

Anxiety Myths

by: Afrizal Malna

In a writing career spanning more than thirty years, Afrizal Malna has published several major collections of poetry and has seen his poems translated into several languages. Afrizal is concerned with questioning language and with bodily engagement with public and private spaces. It is through the appearance of everyday objects that his poems emerge as a repository of the cultural meanings of space and objects in Indonesia’s everyday modernity. His poems maintain a fine balance between consistency of style and variations in theme. These are poems that trace the quickly changing urban trajectory of present day Indonesia.

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In a writing career spanning more than thirty years, Afrizal Malna has published several major collections of poetry and has seen his poems translated into several languages. Afrizal is concerned with questioning language and with bodily engagement with public and private spaces. It is through the appearance of everyday objects that his poems emerge as a repository of the cultural meanings of space and objects in Indonesia’s everyday modernity. His poems maintain a fine balance between consistency of style and variations in theme. These are poems that trace the quickly changing urban trajectory of present day Indonesia. ISBN: 9786029144253
Publish Date: 2013
Page Count: 128 pages

Afrizal is concerned with a questioning of language and a bodily engagement with public and private space, things and their connotations and associations. It is through the appearance of everyday objects that Afrizal’s poems emerge as a repository of the cultural meanings of space and things in Indonesia’s everyday modernity.

Afrizal’s poems, through drawing on practices of montage, precise diction and curious grammar, maintain a fine balance between consistency of style and variation in theme and subject which asserts his distinctive poetic voice. These are poems that trace the quickly changing urban trajectory of present day Indonesia.
Translator :Andy Fuller
Andy Fuller is the author of Sastra dan Politik: Membaca Karya-karya Seno Gumira Ajidarma (Yogyakarta: Insist Press, 2011), The Struggle for Soccer in Indonesia: Archives, Fandom and Urban Identity (Yogyakarta: Tan Kinira, 2014) and Playing Cities Making Sport (Yogyakarta: Tan Kinira, 2014). He is the translator of Afrizal Malna’s poems as collected in Anxiety Myths (Jakarta: Lontar, 2014) and of A.S. Laksana’s short stories to be published by Lontar in 2015. He is one of the editors of the Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Short Stories (Jakarta: Lontar, 2015).

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