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Jakarta Post

Anya Rompas: A pretty poet with a dark side

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 8 2008   /  10:06 am
ANYA ROMPAS: (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

ANYA ROMPAS: (JP/Ricky Yudhistira) "I haunt myself," she said. And then she laughed, trying to reduce the intensity of her words. I smiled. She does that. She slips laughter in at the end of her sentences, especially the ones where she describes herself. "I'm shy about my work." She laughed again. Amid the loud chatter of people, the clinking of cutlery and cheesy pop music blaring in a pseudo-French-named caf* in one of Jakarta's malls, poet Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas flicked her cigarette on an ashtray. The 27-year-old talks fast but still manages to choose her words carefully. We talked about her poems, which she says are the results of candid observation of herself, thus the reflection: I haunt myself. "I use my writing to know myself better," she said. "If I stop doing my work, I lose most of my personali...