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Speaking about Poetry and Photography
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Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 | 22:13 WIB
Speaking about Poetry and Photography

TEMPO.CO, Makassar - Agustinus Wibowo, the writer of three travel books, said, "As promoted by an airline ad, everyone can fly now. Yet not everyone can understand the meaning of a journey." 

Agus put forth his statement during a discussion at the Makassar International Writers Festival on June 25, 2013. He was the speaker for the first session on the first day of the festival. He spoke about the relationship between poetry and photography. 

"Many things can be poetic and touching from a journey, just as long as we can find the meaning," said the author of the books Titik Nol, Selimut Debu, and Garis Batas. 

Agus, who has traveled to numerous countries in Central Asia, exhibited some pictures as an example. He said trips that are rushed and target-oriented would not have any meaning. Only journeys that are deeply observed and understood can create poetic portrayals in the mind.

One of the photos Agus displayed was a picture of a muscle man, a participant of the Master of Afghanistan. 

"When a person first arrives in Afghanistan, they will take pictures of the war, opium fields, and others. However, if they stay there for a little while longer, they can see things such as this," he said, pointing to one of his photos. 

Aside from Agus, a number of authors such as Joko Pinurbo, Sapardi Djoko Damono, Dewi Lestari, Krishna Pabichara, Aan Mansyur, and many others will hold discussions until this Saturday about their literary masterpieces. 


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