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The Emma Press


Ikhda by Ikhda

Ikhda by Ikhda


Ikhda, by Ikhda is the debut poetry pamphlet of Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul. With an introduction by Rachel Piercey.


Page count: 36

Publication date: 27 March 2014

Paperback ISBN 978-0-9574596-6-3

GTIN: N/A SKU: 9780957459663 Categories: , , , Tag:

Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul

Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul is an Indonesian poet currently based in Japan. Her debut pamphlet, Ikhda by Ikhda, was published by the Emma Press in 2014. Her poems have been published in The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse and The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood.


Characters and landscapes leap off every page and the poems pulse with a visceral humanity as Maharsi glories in the possibilities of language and life. Reading this book is like being splashed with freezing water and showered with popping candy and wild roses – surprising, refreshing and bewildering, and something you won’t forget in a hurry.


‘Wherever one happens to dip into this collection, you can be guaranteed a blend of refreshment and anger, conflict and peace side-by-side without ever appearing at odds. Ikhda herself has conjured a fantastic tree of poetry, branching out and blooming on the strength of her conviction as a writer of innovation and sentiment.’ – James Mcloughlin on Sabotage Reviews

‘Awash with diverse characters and adventurous settings, the collection picks apart the joys and tragedies of humanity and celebrates the uniqueness of our individual lives.’ – For Books’ Sake

‘In one of the most sensory collections of recent years, Ikhda Ayuning Marharsi works through different relationships; from mothers and sons, to strangers in the street, through to our relationship with language, rhythm and the building blocks of communication itself; words’ – Alexa Turnpenney for Cadaverine 

‘Ikhda, by Ikhda takes us towards a recognisably cosmopolitan space, where the English language finds its borders with languages from French to Italian and beyond. […] Maharsi’s poems draw us deeper into the private spaces her linguistic collages define, as with her poems ‘Pinkie Minimus’ and ‘Gili Gili’.’ – Merion Jordan for Lighthouse Journal 

Additional information

Dimensions 12.9 × 19.8 cm

Print, eBook

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