August 29, 2017

Wani Ardy & the Guitar Polygamy will be performing tonight at Dataran MBI Ipoh, 9.30pm!

Selamat Hari Merdeka!

August 26, 2017

To the mother 

whose womb 

was a home 

to a daughter 

born 

without a womb. 

I will never know how it feels like to be you, and you will always be my woman of wonders. The tiny feet kicking you from inside, the moments of battle between death and life. I will never know how it feels like to be you. The pregnancy tests and the announcement, the maternity dress and the appointments. I will never know how it feels like to be you. The 9 months of carrying me, the morning sickness and random cravings, the pain you endured pushing me out of your body. I will never know how it feels like to be you. Dear mother, your sacrifices will forever be a beautiful mystery to me, while your heart is the greatest secret that has ever lived. Thank you, and happy birthday.

Your first daughter,

Wani

August 22, 2017

Ibu duduk bersimpuh di atas talam-

ayah cubit sedikit dan makan

along cubit sedikit dan makan

angah cubit sedikit dan makan

alang cubit sedikit dan makan

andak cubit sedikit dan makan

achik cubit sedikit dan makan

acu cubit sedikit dan makan.

Ibu terus duduk bersimpuh di atas talam-

perhatiannya;

lauk yang tidak luak luak

pengorbanannya;

nasi yang tidak licin licin.

Wani Ardy

August 21, 2017

Causeway Exchange 2017 is happening in Ipoh this weekend from the 24th till 27th! Tahukah anda bahawa Causeway Exchange adalah satu-satunya festival tahunan yang meraikan hubungan seni dan budaya antara Malaysia dengan Singapura? Well, now you know. Ada acara muzik, teater, sastera, filem, seni visual, serta diskusi. Paul, Bridget, and I will be representing Malaysia in this talk so I am praying hard OH TUHANKU PLEASE DON'T LET ME SAY ANYTHING STUPID IN FRONT OF ALL THESE AWARD-WINNING PEOPLE

August 17, 2017

First it was Hanoi, then California, later Michigan, and now Osaka! So happy to know that IKHLAS is accompanying its readers to all around the world! Published by RIPTA, illustrated by Kullest Fafa, and written by myself, this book is a memoir of conversations between my child and I. A true story indeed and nothing less. 

August 15, 2017

PENYAJAK DIKEHENDAKI / POETS WANTED

Hai rakan-rakan penyajak!
Hi fellow poets!

Tahun ini, The Other Festival (sebuah festival tahunan di Ipoh anjuran Kakiseni) akan diadakan dari 6hb hingga 10hb September dan saya bertugas sebagai kurator sastera (literature curator).

For 2 nights in a row, on Saturday the 9th and Sunday 10th of September, 9pm to 10pm, I will be hosting 'TIBAI: A POETRY OPEN MIC' / 'TIBAI: SEBUAH PENTAS PUISI TERBUKA' at Sarang Paloh. Yay!

Konsepnya sangat santai (nama pun 'open mic' kan), jadi sesiapa saja dialu-alukan untuk datang dan tibai. If you're seriously interested, please leave your name, contact number, and selected date in the comment section. Atau emel saya di waniardy.ent@gmail.com. Jangan risau, boleh tibai dua-dua malam, alang-alang dah berjalan-jalan ke Ipoh kan? 

P.S. So sorry, #RumahIpoh is fully booked throughout the festival week! 

August 14, 2017

Newly uploaded on Soundcloud. HATI BESAR JARI: Sebuah Puisi Persona atau Monolog Dramatik. I performed this piece at Twenty20two last week and Poet-X podcast was so kind to record it. Ianya saya karang seusai membaca berita mengenai seorang kanak-kanak perempuan berusia 12 tahun yang dicabul oleh lima ahli keluarganya sendiri. Selamat mendengar.

https://soundcloud.com/waniardy-widya/hati-besar-jari-live-at-twenty20two

August 11, 2017

Projek antologi kedua RIPTA usai kejayaan Untuk Yang Telah Pergi. Alhamdulillah, insya-Allah, bismillahirrahmanirrahim. Antologi prosa & puisi berjilid kembar: Hujan Bakawali di Rumah Tuhan. Rasa kembang hati untuk bekerjasaing dengan barisan penulis yang ada keajaiban dalam bait katanya. Semoga Maha Pengkarya merestui dan memberkati.

August 10, 2017

Thank you, Shareen Ho and Azam Rais. Saya belum sampai tahap seorang 'spoken word poet' sebenarnya. Tapi dengan izin Tuhan saya akan terus lakukan apa yang saya suka, dan kalau ada orang lain suka juga, itu bonus buat saya. Alhamdulillah.

http://sevenpie.com/9-talented-spoken-word-artists-in-malaysia-who-will-steal-your-soul/

August 9, 2017

"PUTRAJAYA: A man who allegedly sodomised, raped and sexually abused his teenage daughter over 600 times over a period of two years, is being charged at the Special Court for Sexual Crimes Against Children here."

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600 kali dalam masa 2 tahun.

Hampir sekerap makan.

Hampir sekerap tidur.

Hampir sekerap mengisi minyak kereta, memandu ke tempat kerja, 

beriadah di pusat beli belah, 

berdiskusi di kedai-kedai kopi.

600 kali dalam masa 2 tahun.

Lebih kerap daripada bersenam.

Lebih kerap daripada bercuti.

Lebih kerap daripada mengelap tingkap,

menukar cadar,

mengerat rambut,

menonton wayang,

lebih kerap daripada jatuh cinta.

Abah, 

kalau-kalau kau terlupa,

aku adalah hasil kau jatuh cinta.

W. A.

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