Indonesian poetics

Strolling around in language

translated by Daniel Owen

I like sweeping. Ironing clothes. Tasks that mainly utilize repetitive motions, like digging or sawing with hand tools. Tasks that make my body present in their repetitions. Then, little by little, like drops of water, waterless and soundless, recollections appear one by one, to join in the celebration of the event of sweeping that I’m currently performing. The tools I use don’t represent (are not a representation of) my body or vice versa. 

Translator’s note: Italicized words in “Strolling around in language” appear as italicized, English-language words in the original.

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Strolling around in language

When I touch an object, narration begins to grow, to come to life in my body.

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