World Leaving Report:
A Virtual Bookshelf by Dena Igusti, author of Cut Woman
"These are a list of books by Indonesian authors that helped form the trajectory for my forthcoming book Cut Woman. These books in some way navigate the moment right before the aftermath, and what it means to make use of what has and will be lost." ~Dena Igusti
Dena Igusti (she/they) is a queer Indonesian Muslim poet, playwright, and journalist based in Queens, New York. She is the co-founder of Asian multidisciplinary arts collective UNCOMMON;YOU and literary press Short Line Review. She is a 2018 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador and 2017 Urban Word Federal Hall Fellow. She is a 2019 Player's Theatre Resident Playwright for her co-written Off- Broadway production Sharum. She is a 2020 Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Fellow. Her work has been featured in BOAAT Press, Peregrine Journal, and several other publications. She has performed at The Brooklyn Museum, The Apollo Theater, the 2018 Teen Vogue Summit, and several universities across the nation. She is the author of a book of poetry, CUT WOMAN, published by Game Over Books (2020). Socials: @dispatchdena on Instagram and Twitter.
Praise for Cut Woman:
"One of the things I love most is when a poetry book forces me to slow down, to linger in every pause between breaths and reckon with the awareness that Reading is, itself, an act of consumption. CUT WOMAN does just this. From 'night // fall' to 'day // break,' Igusti's speaker forces readers to linger in the spaces both within and between words, bodies, and countries, even when those spaces do not yet exist: 'altar of my body did i give you // a forever // i could not promise? // ... // an altered kind of grief?' These poems slice, piece, project only to gut open. These poems remember despite Memory: 'i purposely forget // the prayer for when someone dies // inna-illahi-something // i always remember how to start // grieving // but // never when or how to let it out of my mouth.' Dena Igusti is a poet of undying urgency—this is a bold, heart-shattering chapbook debut."—George Abraham
A hopeful yet heartbreaking collection of poems that shows the ruptures of the body as and in a nation.
A profound story about an undead woman that transforms into a magical realism account of modern Indonesia.
A collection of short stories that lean towards the supernatural and grotesque, Paramaditha shows what it means to be of a body that is never believed.