Monday, February 25, 2013

About Archipelagogo

Archipelagogo is a collection of poems, songs and stories, penned during my travels around the Indonesian Archipelago in the decade beginning 2004 (and a follow up to the novel I wrote during my Asia Link Residency in Jakarta in 2006). 

Many of these love-song-poems about people, places and the complexities of cross cultural relationships, have been spoken and sung (acapella - archipela) at different times to intimate audiences at literary festivals in the Asia Pacific: Ubud Writers Festival, Utan Kayu Literary Biennale, Darwin's Wordstorm, Braidwood's Two Fires Festival, St Kilda Writers Festival, Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

This beautifully presented book, published by Saritaksu Editions, is illustrated with painting by Indonesian artist Jumaadi and had its first launch at a wonderful full house cabaret performance at Bar Luna, during Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2013, and again in New York City, July 2014, at the Bowery Poetry Club.

Take a sneak peek inside the book here. Read reviews here.


 In the process of readying them for print they were originally presented here, one piece per post with accompanying images from the collection of wonderfully whimsical and poignant paintings by Indonesian/Australian visual artist JUMAADI..

You can click on the titles individually or go to the top of the blog archive and scroll down. Some of the titles are:
Praying In the Macet, Lampung Boy, Jogja Cowboy, Pleasure and Pain, Balinese Eyes, Follow That Thing, When I Go Home, Sugar Mummy, Mid Life Crisis, Exotic Erotic, Married Men, Lonely in Lampung, Indonesian Handbag, Rice Paddy Dream.

ARCHIPELAGOGO as a live 45-60 min show/presentation is available for bookings at festivals and events. Contact Jan for booking info.

You can find related short stories by Jan here.
The Girl With A Suitcase (set in Jogjakarta).
Close To Heaven (set in Jakarta).
Sea Massage (set in Lovina, Bali).
Singing Up Ghosts in Lawang Sewu (set in Semarang, Central Java).
Listen to an ABC Radio interview (12mins) with Jan and poet Sitok Srengenge (with music tracks), talking about their collaborative jazz poetry CD, Jan Cornall Singing Srengenge. 
Text (c) Jan Cornall 2012

Paintings (c) Jumaadi, courtesy of the artist and Watters Gallery.

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