M U H A M M A D H A J I S A L L E H As a poet and student of literature, I have been fortunate to be exposed early to more than one language and literature. In school, I was introduced to both Malay and English literatures, and from then on I studied Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese, and general comparative literatures. So initially I had two languages to express myself in, and I had many literatures to refer to and learn my art from. It was in the cold winter of 1964, while a student in the Malayan Teachers College at Brinsford Lodge, Wolverhampton, u.k., that I began to try these two languages out, encouraged and helped along by my lecturers. Many words have been written since and in many countries--places I travelled to for study, research, and conferences. I have studied and enjoyed literature at universities in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the United States, and I have taught in Michigan, North Carolina, Koln, Hamburg, ¨ and Leiden. Places help create poems; to come to a place is to discover, to uproot, and to change or experience change. Change provides the initial spark from which
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Aug 3, 2006
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