A recently published book “Mirrored Images – An Anthology of Sri Lankan Poetry” Edited by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha was launched in Toronto at an event organized by the Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa and, the Consulate General’s Office in Toronto. The Anthology brings together the poetry of 89 poets including translations from Sinhala and Tamil together with poems written in English.
Prof. Chelva Kanaganayakam of the English Department of the University of Toronto who gave the Keynote address on the topic “Translations and the idea of Meditative Thinking” said that “In a world dominated by the discourses of globalization a book of translations forces us to reflect and meditate, and it alerts us not only to differences but also connections and intersections among communities, religions and ethnicities”. He further stated “that there are similarities and there are differences. Both are in fact important. Context shapes the way one lives. The subject matter too could be different. But the meditative dimension, the concern with belonging, and with identity and rootedness are similar”.
Referring to Rajiva Wijesinha he said that the Editor has been fair, balanced objective and thorough. As a writer and as a critic he is aware of the need to let literature speak for itself and construct worlds that readers must decode for themselves. “Mirrored Images” is a significant contribution to Sri Lanka’s multiple literary histories. Continue reading