Notional Treasures Hidden in Oral Traditions

By Izzuddin Ramli

December 2023 FEATURE
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MY RELATIONSHIP WITH poetry has always been mercurial, fluctuating and ambivalent. I do not indulge in it as religiously as I do in essays, personal stories and other forms of literary non-fiction.It may be the tenor of the contemporary poetry I have encountered so far that puts me off. I find these poems somewhat superficial, riddled with clichés, and, at times, didactic. They come and go without leaving a significant impression. It could also be that I am trained as...

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Izzuddin Ramli

edits Penang Institute’s Suara Nadi and finds himself speaking to writers, researchers, and cultural activists in Bual Nusantara, a podcast channel maintained by the Institute.