Navigable Ink

Jennifer Mackenzie

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This intricate, inventive collection of poems compels the reader to follow the mutations of light and shade at the tangled roots of history. With kinetic interrogation, fugitive humor and emotional depth, Jennifer Mackenzie summons poetry of amplified humanity and imagination - Lucy VannIndonesian writer and activist Pramoedya Ananta Toer spent most of his adult life in jail, imprisoned first by colonial powers and later by Indonesian governments. In 1993 Jennifer Mackenzie received a copy of Toer's manuscript Arus Balik and the author's blessing to translate it into English. This was at a time when the author's now celebrated work was banned in Indonesia and he was under house arrest in Jakarta. Jennifer Mackenzie's own Navigable Ink is a rare poetic exploration of Toer's tragic, visionary and ultimately triumphant life. With skill, knowledge and sensitivity Mackenzie captures the beauty of Indonesia and Toer's fight to preserve its integrity and essence. Throughout our world his concerns for the environment, gender equality, free speech, non-discrimination and freedom are now more crucial than ever.Navigable Ink is a work of poetry that is at once activist, lyrical and heart wrenching. You don't just read these poems - you feel them.'Each injustice has to be fought against, even if it's only in one's heart - and I did fight.' Pramoedya Ananta Toer 'Jennifer Mackenzie's Ganesha Lost to View?resists the invaders' brutality as long as possible; it is the extended moment of resistance that I responded to in Mackenzie's vision. Resistance, even when it seems to end in defeat, is often written out of histories and here Mackenzie reminds us that it can reveal the weakness of the successor.' -Bonny Cassidy, Plumwood Mountain Journal

ISBN: 9781925760521
Publication Date: 01-Apr-2020
Publisher: Transit Lounge Publishing