BOA Editions, 2022



More probing, engaged and profound than many a contemporary novel, Cynthia Dewi Oka’s A Tinderbox in Three Acts demonstrates how a gifted poet can explore the often painful complexities of history, personal and public, with true originality. Utilizing lyric, narrative and documentary poetry, as well as drawings and nonpoetic forms with supreme skill, Oka both fills in the holes of the fictional story, centered on the horrific 1965 suppression of Indonesian Communists and the broader Left under General Suharto, with Western complicity, that she has set out to understand, and provides a needed model for 21st century poetry and poetics." — John Keene, author of Punk and Counternarratives

A Tinderbox in Three Acts by Cynthia Dewi Oka

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