Le vieux jacaranda/The old jacaranda tree/Jacaranda, pohon tua!

Ian Campbell*

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Ian Campbell’s poem series about an age-old jacaranda tree in a university courtyard is an artistic venture across three languages: French, Indonesian and English. The series initiated with a French poem composed in 1989, followed by an Indonesian rendition published in the literary section of a newspaper in Bandung, West Java, in 2004, and concluded with an English version. Campbell’s trilingual poetic exploration demonstrates how a single ‘concept,’ or the essence of a poem transfigures when articulated in the languages he is conversant with. His approach is reflective of his work in an earlier issue of PORTAL—Vol. 14, No 1, April 2017—which displayed thematic unity across poems in English, Spanish and Indonesian.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-125
Number of pages5
JournalPortal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

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  • English
  • Ian Campbell
  • Indonesian
  • Jacaranda
  • Trilingual Poetics


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