Translator's notes

Lese Majeste: In the Back Room

By Zakariya Amataya

Zakariya 'Che' Amataya is famous in Thailand for having been the first poet to win South East Asia's Write Award (2010) writing in free verse.  Asked about his style recently, he said, 'The older generation used to say, ‘Oh who cares, his style doesn’t matter. Nobody will listen to him.’ After I won the award people accepted free verse. Now the older generation sees me as a threat.'... 


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