by Jennifer MacKenzie
there has to be a spine thumbs in the sandy river bed grains through fingers zombie twilight crowd deep sepia blue of ceaseless hammering in this vertiginous delirium can I colour-wheel my country? go wobbly-wobbly take a boat to your country epiphanic floor on the scooter arms fly octopus flying passion of bleeding soles sliced soles of calamitous war take instead my fingertips angelic floor
* in this scene from Akram Khan’s Desh, the focus is on the trauma of the civil war in Bangla Desh in 1971.
Jennifer Mackenzie is a poet and reviewer, focusing on writing from and about the Asian region. Since the publication of Borobudur (Transit Lounge 2009) she has presented her work at a number of conferences and festivals, including the Ubud, Irrawaddy and Makassar festivals. She has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Marten Bequest Poetry Scholarship, and the Felix Meyer travelling scholarship from the University of Melbourne. Although mainly focused (or you could say obsessed) with Indonesia, she has also written on China, where she worked for three years, and in 2016 enjoyed a writing residency at Seoul Artspace, Yeonhui. She also works as an occasional editor for The Lontar Foundation in Jakarta. Her most recent book is Navigable Ink, (Transit Lounge 2020).