Linus Suryadi AG (1951-1999), who died tragically at the age of 48, was a promising poet and prose writer. He belonged to a literary generation which made Indonesian regional settings the focus of its writing.
Now a new greasy-black
smoke spirals evidence
of our new century's horror:
among other obscenities
poetry's image, winged horse
Pegasus* is pretext for atrocity:
children's charred corpses smoulder
near puddled oilfields; compassion
Earth's song, Poesy, has fled, is fleeing:
Surely some hearts have turned to stone,
must be, already dead.
* The winged horse of Greek mythology, Pegasus, a symbol of creativity and poetry, was also used by the oil multinational Mobil (now part of Exxon Mobil) as its logo.
*Third World Resurgence No. 317/318, Jan/Feb 2017, p 60