There are Tears in Things

    Author Laksmi Pamuntjak
    No GM 616202054
    ISBN 978-602-03-3464-6
    Price Rp 138.000
    Size 14 x 21 cm
    Total Pages 284 pages
    Date Published 07 Nov, 2016
    Category Fiction: Poetry


“What a pleasure to see Laksmi Pamuntjak’s poems and prose texts in one generous volume that bears witness to her versatility and dexterity in both those genres, long before her name became internationally known for her splendid fi rst novel. Her multivocal stories intertwine with the lush, layered textures of art and music, and her elliptical, deft poems observe with a clear eye the cityscapes of our own restless lives, whether in Jakarta or London, New York or Berlin.” —Aamer Hussein, author of Another Gulmohar Tree, The Cloud Messenger, Insomnia

“It is clear from her beautiful poetry and prose that Laksmi Pamuntjak knows the human heart has many chambers (who cares what doctors think!) and that love, desire and longing is never so easy and simple as to occupy only one room in the hotel of our hearts. This staggering collection is both delicate and dangerous, forceful and faultless. She draws back the curtains on the aching complexities of vulnerability; all you have to do is enter.” —Sean M. Whelan, author of Tatooing the Surface of the Moon

‘Laksmi Pamuntjak’s poems start in the thinking mind, intelligently constructed and seemingly softly spoken. But they roam wildly into everything that surrounds it, both by way of the material, the bodily, the sensuous, and along the transformative power of the imagination. Her verse brings these two distinct modes of being together as if they are not separate at all. In so doing, her poetry is one where the personal, the political and the mystical are one. As they should be.’ —Joost Baars, poet, essayist, former manager of Perdu Poetry Theater in Amsterdam

“Pamuntjak moves through cities and bodies and imprints and sends us these pages like postcards to cherish: on one side, poems and musings; on the other, vignettes and visuals. So we travel with her through her eyes, seeing and savoring each experience, renewed by every fresh taste or tableau.” —Sharanya Manivannan, author of The High Priestess Never Marries

“ ... Aesthetically intense and powerfully sensual ... the poetry is attuned, meticulous, deft, and the reader is transfigured by a ‘lea of silences.’ —Books of the Year, 2005, The Herald UK, for Ellipsis

“ ... hard not to get caught up in the (poems’) sheer energy and celebration of language, or as Pamuntjak writes, ‘a world of the word.’” —The Straits Times (Singapore) for Ellipsis

“ ... hard-edged and heartfelt, her translations of desire... may be measured in pure delight.” —Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa, and author of Brilliant Water: Poems, Things of the Hidden God, Only the Nails Remain for The Anagram

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