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Jakarta Post

Poet Edo Wallad experiments with ‘Party Before the End of the World’

  • Marcel Thee


Jakarta   /   Mon, October 21 2019   /  02:26 am

Compilation: Edo Wallad writes about everything from memories of his father to living in excess.In his first official poetry book, Pesta Sebelum Kiamat (Party Before the End of the World), Edo collected all the poems he had ever created since he began writing them in 2003 at the age of 26. The collection traces his growth as a poet who experimented with various styles and influences. His particular sensibilities consistently shine through however, with a mix of urban romanticism and the eclectic use of metaphors throughout.To decide which of the many poems of his he would use, Edo settled on choosing those that fit under the theme of “nocturnal excess”.“Nights that are identified with the nightlife, insomnia, and death — I try to conjure them up in a poetic yet realistic way,” he said.“You can really trace my development through the writings, and how I began by basically just...