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A Second Sunrise

A Second Sunrise

  • Author: Cheran, Lakshmi Holmstrom, Sascha Ebeling
  • Publisher: Navayana
  • ISBN: 9788189059507
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A Second Sunrise showcases the best poems of Cheran, an accomplished poet of our times. The Sri Lankan civil war looms over much of his work. Poems of the precariousness of love are interwoven with poems of war. The idyllic seascape of 1977 when

Waves lap along the shore
within me
the sea

is ruined forever by the experience of war (1981–89). These are followed by poems of exile and the experience of the diaspora (1993–2003).

Now there is left
only a great land
No bird may fly over it
until our return.

Finally, 2004 onwards, there are poems that take us to the devastation of May 2009, by when

The sea has drained away
Tamil has no territory
Kinships have no name.

With such a wide range, translators Lakshmi Holmström and Sascha Ebeling treat each poem both as fresh in its particularity and as part of the poet’s oeuvre. Their English renditions capture the resonances and rhythms that connect Cheran to a long Tamil poetic tradition that spans over two thousand years.

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