Borobudur and Other Poems: Poetry
- About the Book
At the time of the construction of the Borobudur in the ninth century, Buddhism had been established in Java for several centuries. Jennifer Mackenzie’s Borobodur, an exquisite long poem, tells the story of its legendary architect, Gunavarman, and of Indonesia’s mystical monument with cultural understanding, sensitivity, and great feeling. Like Gunavarman by the poem’s end, Mackenzie becomes a “dot on the horizon” leaving us stilled in silence.
- About the Author(s)
Jennifer Mackenzie, AuthorJennifer Mackenzie was born in Melbourne, Australia, and went to the University of Melbourne, where she studied Literature and Fine Arts. Travel to Indonesia led to an engagement with the art and literature of the country, and in particular with Borobudur, with Old Javanese Literature, and with Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s fiction. She completed a Master’s degree on Toer’s novel Arus Balik at Melbourne University. In relation to the writing of Borobudur, she has said that “texts, my own travels, and experiences pointed in a certain direction and I followed...”