May 25, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Poetry

Kartini: Kumpulan puisi

Kumpulan karya puisi memperingati jasa-jasa Kartini dalam perjuangan kaum wanita Indonesia.

Kartini: Anthology of poems

Five poems celebrating Kartini and her contribution to Indonesia's feminist movement.

Aquarelle Phantasm

An emerging poet takes the international stage

Poets against silence

Two young Solo poets believe poetry should serve the people

Art and the city

Indonesian artists are using new media to rethink urban space

Review: At the scene of the crime

Essays, reflections and poetry on East Timor, 1999-2010

W.S.Rendra (1935-2009)

The peacock is no more

Gestures of power and grace

As Minang dance shows, the guiding rules of culture are often unspoken

Hot debates

A law on pornography still divides the community

A new artistic order?

The arts scene has changed radically since 1998, but some of the old uncertainties remain

A world of reading

Local writers help combat illiteracy in rural Banten

Angel sparks controversy

Journalists strike after West Java’s most famous newspaper ‘withdraws’ poem.

Festival Mata Air

A community takes a fresh look at water

Poem from prison

From Sajak-sajak cinta dari balik terali (Love poems from behind bars) by Bambang Isti Nugroho, published by Penerbit Widya Mandala, Yogyakarta, 1994.

Merdeka!

Prajurit jaga malam

Zakir's demise

Protest poetry lives on in post-Suharto Indonesia

Urban poetry

Subversive ‘underground’ voices in Indonesian rap Michael Bodden It’s Jakarta, June 2004 and the boom box is playing a hip-hop beat. It’s a far cry from the meditative gamelan music, saccharine love songs or even the sensual dangdut one expects to hear in Java. The rapper is Xaqhala and he spins a gritty, rhythmic poem of everyday youth experience.

Rendra speaks

Australia: an alternative West in Asia?

Latest Articles

Book review: Beyond the pale

Apr 27, 2022 - JOOST COTE

A major research project on Dutch extreme violence in the Indonesian war of Independence, 1945–1949

Obit: Hugh O’Neill AO, 1933-2022

Apr 13, 2022 - TIM LINDSEY

Contesting the religious soundscape

Mar 23, 2022 - ANDY FULLER

A controversial regulation governing the call to prayer sparks a campaign aimed at taking down the Religious Affairs Minister

Essay: Hey Holland, you’re welcome!

Mar 15, 2022 - TITI KUSUMANDARI

Indonesia’s independence from the Dutch came at a price – Indonesians are still waiting for them to acknowledge it

Book review: Activists in transition

Feb 01, 2022 - JONATHAN PETER TEHUSIJARANA

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