Sri Lankan Literature

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Indran Amirthanayagam and Adam Zameenzad
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“Writing a novel requires a lot of digging out, chucking away, selecting, molding, shaping, and reshaping of all the above; and then hoping for the best.”

I. by Sivaramani

In the evenings
all burdens
weigh heavy

Animal Crackers by Richard de Zoysa

“Draw me a lion.”
So I set my pen

Writing In the Air by R. Charan

There are too few words
and in them
an immense silence is frozen.

Sri Lankan Poetry by Indran Amirthanayagam

What follows is a small selection of modern poetry from Sri Lanka—a selection designed for some imaginary capsule, to be packed in with the American Beats, the librarian Larkin, Neruda the Captain, Paz the writer of silences, Popa the puppeteer, and Plath and Bishop and Walcott and, of course, many others.

Two Poems by Guy Amirthanayagam

Two poems, “To My Autistic Son, Revantha” and “Return to Sri Lanka, 1991” by Guy Amirthanayagam—for the Sri Lankan Poetry portfolio. 

Nallur by Jean Arasanayagam

Poem by Jean Arasanayagam—from the Sri Lankan Poetry portfolio. 

The Poet by Lakdasa Wikkramasinha

Poem by Lakdasa Wikkramasinha—for the Sri Lankan Poetry portfolio. 

To White Knight (MK11) by Reggie Siriwardena

Poem by Reggie Siriwardeena from the three poem series Three Variations for Cassia—included in the Sri Lankan Poetry portfolio.

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