I donít know if I have a consistent poetics, although I am as likely to write a poem based on something Iíve read, as on something Iíve experienced. I often write poems as a response to reading theory. I sometimes incorporate the things people say in conversation, or the things that I say, into the larger framework of a poem in which that phrase may then catch up several other meanings as well. This may be one of the reasons why some of my deeply felt poems are to some degree also a joke at my own expense. I love strong images and resonant lines. I often re-write a poem for weeks until it has the right rhetorical feel or rhythm. Sometimes the subsidiary meanings of one line will only occur to me years later.
existential vocation, after all, being a clown.
Write of love and youíll find it, of peace
But itís something like that Ė
early spring. Reading all of Proust
alone, as usual
And this winter sunlight, pale
I sit here on my back step
After Luce IrigarayWhat movement bears it,
That it should remind one
Of all that is
Precinct of mirrors and ice
That the breadth of the singer
Some of these poems have appeared previously in journals and other publications, including The Age (Aust) and New Music: Contemporary Poetry (forthcoming Aust 2001).
Bio: Dipti Saravanamuttu was born in Sri Lanka in 1960. She came to Australia with her family in 1972, and grew up in Sydney. Dipti completed her English Honours at Sydney University. She worked as a journalist with the Tribune newspaper and wrote two film scripts with the Migrant Womenís film group. During 1988-91 Dipti spent some time as a postgraduate and teacher at The University of London.
two published collections of poetry, Statistic For The New World (Rochford
Street Press 1988) and Language of the Icons (Angus &
Robertson 1993). Her most recent book is a work of fiction, Dancing
From The Edge of Darkness (Papyrus Publishing 2000). Diptiís poetry
has appeared in various journals in Australia and elsewhere, and in the
anthology Australian Verse: An Oxford Anthology (ed. John Leonard
1998). She is currently writing a thesis on spirituality and identity
in Australian landscape poetry, and precariously supporting herself by
publishing review articles and her poetry.