The window of words

logo-saliharaThis article, featured in think archipelago magazine V4 Nov 2013, showed Komunitas Salihara hosting the Literature Biennale from 20 September to 27 September 2013, with a major theme Literature Circus. It is a tradition held by the renowned cultural center in East Jakarta since 2001 that we hope to continue in 2015. Poet Joko Pinurbo read one of his works from 2010, Jendela.


Jendela (Window) by Joko Pinurbo at a poetry reading in 2013 Literature Biennale, Teater Salihara, Jakarta.

Jendela (Window) by Joko Pinurbo
at a poetry reading in 2013 Literature Biennale,
Teater Salihara, Jakarta.

Di jendela tercinta ia duduk-dudukbersama anaknya yang sedang beranjak dewasa.

Mereka ayun-ayunkan kaki, berbincang, bernyanyidan setiap mereka ayunkan kaki tubuh kenangan serasa bergoyang ke kanan ke kiri.

Mereka memandang takjub ke seberang,
melihat bulan menggelinding di gigir tebing,
meluncur ke jeram sungai yang dalam, byuuurrr….
Sesaat mereka membisu.
Gigil malam mencengkeram bahu.
“Rasanya pernah kudengar suara byuurrr
dalam tidurmu yang pasrah, Bu.”
“Pasti hatimulah yang tercebur ke jeram hatiku,”
timpal si ibu sembari memungut sehelai angin
yang terselip leher baju.

Di rumah itu mereka tinggal berdua.
Bertiga dengan waktu. Berempat dengan buku.
Berlima dengan televisi. Bersendiri dengan puisi.
“Suatu hari aku dan Ibu pasti tak bisa lagi bersama.”
“Tapi kita tak akan pernah berpisah, bukan?
Kita adalah cinta yang berjihad melawan trauma.”
Selepas tengah malam mereka pulang ke ranjang
dan membiarkan jendela tetap terbuka.
Siapa tahu bulan akan melompat ke dalam,
menerangi tidur mereka yang bersahaja
seperti doa yang tak banyak meminta.

Joko Pinurbo

The crowd returned in 2013 Literature Biennale since it was last held at the same place two years earlier. This time, the much-anticipated poetry reading featured Joko Pinurbo among many other poets.

But it was obvious that Jokpin was the magnate power in bringing the youngs and olds due to the carefully –chosen words and efficiently-constructed verses of his poems. Jendela (Window) was notably the most compelling poem he read that evening.

The poet who half-jokingly claimed to always be nervous on stage filled his voice into the silence of 10 P.M. The audience, on the contrary, kept up high enthusiasm despite the cold air that surrounded them inside the 300-seat auditorium.

As now one of the most-sought poets in Indonesia, his presence boost the popularity of the literary festival in Jakarta.

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