Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Out of the Debris

Dear Rukshani Weerasooriya,

I have enjoyed (is that the right word? I don't think so.) reading your poetry. My sister Debby gave your book, Salt to me for a few days. It is very good. Out of the Debris is very touching. On the WriteClique.net site you have titled the work Tsunami. I understand that, but I prefer the title you used in Salt for I pictured so many places, Pakistan, New Orleans, Iraq, and Sri Lanka.

I appreciated the words of Lance Corporal also:

"I'm tired
It's midnight.
I'm propped up
Against the mud
Like a cannon gun,
To fight
The battles you
Criticize
From behind
Your trenches
Of ink.

My blood.
Your right.
That's not so hard
To rationalise,
When I'm out here
And you're safe in there.
Your sovereignty
Well intact.

Our skies are not the same.
Mine and yours.
Mine is black.
You've taken my stars
Away.
Away.
To stud
Your darkness
With my light.

I was like you
When I signed my name.
Just a father,
A son,
A lover. A friend.
But today
I am a coin in your
Treasury of blood.
Cold, worthless blood
You so casually
Spend."

More people need to be able to read your thoughts. But I couldn't even buy this on Amazon.

Email: pp144@isb.paknet.com isn't enough of a marketing plan for you. Are you working on it?

Betsy

5 comments:

T. Azimuth Schwitters said...

I don't have a very insightful comment to this, but I would like to know where more of this poetry can be found - and where your sister, BRD, found it.

Isn't it strange how titles can both create and destroy so many meanings in art? I've always found that so disastrously moving - even taking the title away says something about the work; in a very real way, finding the right title is as important as creating the right thing in the first place.

upsetting, but moreso.

brd said...

Another of Rukshani Weerasooriya's poems entitled The Purple Balloon is available on WriteClique.

Ruki, as my sister calls her, is the daughter of the ambassador from Sri Lanka to Pakistan. She lost her brother early in her life. I think that the Purple Balloon reflects some of that experience. My sister knows her from having lived in Pakistan.

I really like her work. She has two books out, but I don't know how to get them, except maybe through that Pakistani email from the flyleaf of the book.

brd said...

Just a technical note from an old editor. I did get permission from Rukshani to use this poem on my blog.

Anne G G said...

Hey mom, my friend Ben has asked for folks to recommend to him important, strong female leaders he should read up on -- he's writing a book with a female world leader, and he wants to do "research." Got any recommendations?

Oh, and read my blog . . .the recommendation is secretly for you. If you don't feel like you can sit through the 6-hour film, you could read the play(s) -- it's generally split into 2 volumes.

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