Sri Lankan Literature
“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.”
“Draw me a lion.”
So I set my pen
There are too few words
and in them
an immense silence is frozen.
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, “To My Autistic Son, Revantha” and “Return to Sri Lanka, 1991” by Guy Amirthanayagam—for the Sri Lankan Poetry portfolio.
Poem by Jean Arasanayagam—from the Sri Lankan Poetry portfolio.
Poem by Lakdasa Wikkramasinha—for the Sri Lankan Poetry portfolio.