They who Recite Poems at Dawn

They who Recite Poems at Dawn

Mengayun Kayu appeared in th emain event of Yogyakarta Literary Festival (Joglitfest) 2019 on Monday (2019.9.30). The Yogyakarta indie musician opened the “Literary Performance at Dawn” at the Kirdjomuljo Stage, Vredeburg Fort Museum. 

Mengayun Kayu, or Ayu Saraswati, played alone on the black stage. Lights of the dawn appeared as if gathering on her when she played her piano. The lyrics were gloomy, at the same time also invited her listeners to step forward to the dark future.

Next appeared on the one meter stage was Loive Hateem. The UGM Philosophy student read on the small stage, under the main stage. She read a work by Sylvia Plath, Daddy.

You do not do, you do not do
Any more, black shoe
In which I have lived like a foot
For thirty years, poor and white,
Barely daring to breathe or Achoo.

Olive read English poems as she had more access to it. Ratih Farah Maudina and Umar Haen followed after her.

Dawn did not only accompany visitors, but was also mentioned in Kepada Kamu, a long poem recited by Vika Aditya.

Aku tak pernah paham, kenapa kau begitu menyukai senja. Senja yang kemerahan, cantik memang. Pun yang pucat jingga, namun kau tetap menyukainya. Aku pernah menanyakan padamu, apa yang membuatmu begitu suka memandangi senja.

The poem was taken from Catatan Para Perawat Ingatan (2018), an anthology with other Yogyakarta poets.

Anisa Hertami also read a number of poems, and the show was concluded by Rupagangga who read poems accompanied with piano and guitar that he played by himself. (Translated by An. Ismanto)