In Indonesian a sajak is a short, concise poem that places great importance on the language’s sounds, whether equivalence, contrast, or similarity. Gemi Mohawk writes sajak which are deeply interrogatory of his Indonesia, which lacks basic services while corruption reigns. Despite this, the gleam in his eyes never fades.
Born in Palembang, South Sumatra, Gemi Mohawk fell in love with poetry when he was a teenager. His first book, Sirami Jakarta dengan Cinta, was published in 2008, and his second book, Indonesianus, Sajak Megak was published in 2011. He is currently working on his third book, to be published soon.
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