The interview I did with Morgen Bailey in February is revisited in her blog Morgen’s Author Interviews. Check it out if you missed it the first time.
I’m featured in the Winning Writers Newsletter -March 2013. Check out the section on “Recent Honors for our Newsletter Subscribers.”
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The English Writers’ Cooperative (EWC) of Sri Lanka in association with the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) organised an evening of poetry and prose by Sri Lankan women writers to celebrate International Women’s Day. Some of the work can be viewed here.
December 16, 2012 is one of the poems I read out. It was written in January this year and was in response to the horrific event that took place in Delhi, India in December that sent shock waves across the world.
December 16, 2012
They made a movie on a bus
riding around town, no one
heard the songs, or
saw the dances. The action stars
were new. Later, someone threw
in a name – Amanat. On and
on they moved around Delhi’s leafy
avenues, curtains drawn while the engine
kept time to the sounds inside. No cuts
no breaks the actors played their
part. The heroine protested – like all
heroines do. A new face she was dressed
for the part. An item girl they sang as
she danced. Munirka to Dwarka
it purred on its way. The wheels turned
round and round as the winter chill crept
through the leaves on the trees
and a single leaf fluttered to the ground,
torn apart. It fell across the road and no
one took note. Just another
leaf among so many in the city. Action
spent the bus came to a stop but
before they could shoot again the city rose
in wrath to demand a ban on the script’s
repeat. Candles lit, they waited it out, but
the wheels grind slowly round
and round. And while the old men argued
in vain inside colonial walls another
leaf fell silently to the ground.
© 2013 Shirani Rajapakse
Two poems, “Alone” and “Samsara” are published in Buddhist Poetry Review – Issue Eight Spring 2013.