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Sutardji Calzoum Bachri

Sutardji Calzoum Bachri (born 1941) is a famous Indonesian poet.

The peak of Tardji's career is during the 1970s. Back then, he successfully launched a kredo of 'freeing words off its meanings'.

He was also made famous by his habit of drinking cheap alcoholic beverages during his reading. His style of reading is often explosive in a manner of old indonesian Dukun.

The style of his poetry was also cited as that of a mantra (magic spells). He was quoted as saying, the mantra is the true use of words.

Currently Tardji is more known as a philosopher or a sufi. The man once known as 'The President of Indonesian Poets' often shows up in public gatherings and will be more than happy to make his presence known.

Tardji is also said to have taken some new writers, preferably women, to be his disciples.