A Day In The New World, Alienation, Appaalthamil, Bridging Connections, Christopher Francis, Emigration, Frozen State, Jean Arasanayagam, Ki.Pi. Aravinthan, Memory Island, Parvathi Arasanayagam, Poetry, Sunil Govinnage
Understandably enough, given the constant emigration from this country over the last few decades, a constant theme in poetry by Sri Lankans has been the plight of the exile. Given the vast numbers of Tamils who have left, this is obviously more common in Tamil writers, and the forthcoming collection will reflect this. I will start here however with a poem by a Sinhalese writer now in Australia, Sunil Govinnage. The poem comes from a collection called ‘Memory Island’, which in itself suggests the relation to his roots of the writer, who has also worked in Thailand. He was previously at the Institute of Fundamental Studies in Kandy, and has taught at Notre Dame University in Perth, where he works now for the Western Australian Civil Service.