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poetry

The Virtues of Sin

By Gabrielle Low In Bernice Chauly’s small but substantial collection of poetry and prose, The Book of Sins, words indeed rage forth from the page, and they do so with a searing yet unembellished forcefulness. It’s hard not to note, first and foremost, the urgent, pounding rhythm to some of the lines in this collection. […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • March 19, 2008

Listening to Pomeloes

By CH Loh What do the films Lelaki Komunis Terakhir and Gubra have in common? Obvious answer: they were both Malaysian films that stirred local controversy in recent times. Less obvious answer: they both contained music by composer Hardesh Singh. When one talks about film, composers rarely get mentioned. “Film is not a medium for […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 11, 2006

The 60 Second Plug: Francesca Beard’s “Chinese Whispers”

By Pang Khee Teik and Zedeck Siew Who is this ‘Beard’ that gave you your last name? Did you have a rough time as a kid with a name like that? My dad’s family name is Beard. It’s a Cornish name. I didn’t have a hard time in Malaysia, but when I came to school […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • September 24, 2006

Pak Samad di Penjara

By Amirul Fakir Di sebalik tembok pejal dan kaku yang menyimpan jutaan memori kelam dan duka warganya, kemunculan tokoh yang sudi untuk seketika meredakan kesunyian nurani para warganya tentu sahaja membekaskan secuil kenangan yang amat indah dan cukup berarti. Kehadiran tokoh seni yang amat tersohor ini bukan sahaja disambut oleh warga kerjanya malahan para penghuni […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • March 17, 2005

Biar Berjuang untuk Kebenaran!

By Amirul Fakir Ketika diundang dengan penuh takzim bagi menyempurnakan pelancaran kumpulan puisi dwi bahasa Raja Ahmad Aminullah berjudul Menyarung Jiwa (Soulship), di NN Galeri baru-baru ini, Sasterawan Negara Prof. Dr. Muhammad Hj. Salleh telah memulakan bicara dengan melontarkan ungkapan sinis, antaranya, “ini bukan zaman seni, ini zaman menyingkirkan seni!”, “ini bukan zaman bahasa, ini […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 6, 2004

A Poem in Its Becoming…

By Goenawan Mohamad Goenawan Mohamad’s opening speech at the World Poetry Festival, Kuala Lumpur, 17 August 2004 **** I would like to thank you for having me here, in this extraordinary gathering of poets, and for giving me the honour to begin our conversation. However, I must confess my nervousness; I know that each time […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • September 3, 2004

Penyair Perang Balkan

By Amirul Fakir Ketika dihubungi oleh Eddin Khoo, seorang penulis dan pengkaji budaya, tentang hasratnya untuk melakukan ziarah seni ke Yayasan Kesenian Perak (YKP) bersama-sama dengan penyair tersohor dari Amerika baru-baru ini, kurator YKP Nur Hanim agak kaget dan berdebar-debar. lni bukanlah kerana YKP tidak pernah menerima tetamu dari luar negara tetapi tarikh kunjungan yang […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • August 4, 2004