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A young girl is abducted and smuggled aboard a boat bound upstream on an Indonesian river, through a landscape scarred by ecological destruction and historical greed. As her captors take her ever deeper into the jungle, her uncertain fate is compounded by the sense of her environment as a place of violence, destruction and jeopardy. But it is also a place from which she he ...more
Hardcover, 52 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Tilted Axis Press
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Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, poetry
Scathing reflections on deforestation, degradation of ecology and economic exploitation
So I know how there are islands
Of roots to stand foot on,
Battling for space
And historical worth
In the eyes of the species
We peacock ourselves to be.

I feel Indigenous Species as a performance would be more impactful than the book version, despite the loving care clearly invested into this work by Tilted Axis Press.
We start of this written down spoken word performance from the haunting perspective of a captured
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“I am of the same blood as the sanctioned mess of invasion
That was Javanese transmigration,
And I shampoo my hair with oil crafted
From dead-end social experiments
And gargantuan-scale domestication of hectares,
Cemeteries of growth”
Not at all easy to describe or categorize; this is a wonderful production from Tilted Axis Press (if you don’t know them, look them up). It is poetic, but so much more a cry of resistance against destructive forces be they imperialist capitalist or environmental. This wo
Ris Schortinghuis
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is just very powerful and will be reread many a time in the future.
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, asian-lit
3P on (neolib) sustainability: profit, people, planet. we have seen, heard, attended enough talks on how palm oil can profit us and how can we sUsTaiNabLy plant them without harming the environment. but have we talked enough about the people who works there? how it affects their life—badly? about indigenous people whose forest we deforest in the name of “country’s ownership” although they have kept it for the longest time? (lol the concept of a country which takes indigenous land as their own is ...more
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I've never seen anything like Barokka's work before. It's captivating, experimental, creative, and thrust through with passion. It is a literary, visual, and intellectual experience. The only reason why I haven't given it 5 stars is because only some of the poetry was as riveting to me as the ideas and images. ...more
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