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The Man They Call “The Emergent Poet”

Winning Godage

I didn’t comb my hair
Still I looked chic in a buttoned shirt.

I heard the announcer leak out my name
I became in an instant, cheek to belly button,
Dorsal to ventral, back to front

From notorious Dilantha
To emergent author
The kite dream hovering like a slogan
In the air, selling my brand name

An accidental writer, putting pen
Onto paper, for a reading from back to front
From iris aperture, to camera crack,
While an illusion of disproportion was hoisting me
Farther than a kite dream

Only for the next morning hangover
To humble me, like a majestic Elephant
Who steps on his own dung, his own shit,
And still, little fungi grow there
Digesting the poop – glory-poop.

The kite was my dream.
Now I have just a tiny piece of the sky.

To fall down, back to earth.


Dr Dilantha Gunawardana graduated from the University of Melbourne, as a molecular biologist, and moonlights as a poet. He currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Botany, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Dilantha lives in a chimeric universe of science and poetry. Dilantha’s poems have been accepted for publication /published in HeartWood Literary Magazine, Canary Literary Magazine, Boston Accent, Forage, Kitaab, Eastlit, American Journal of Poetry, Zingara Poetry Review, The Wagon and Ravens Perch, among others. Dilantha too has two anthologies of poetry, 'Kite Dreams' (2016) and 'Driftwood' (2017), both brought to the readership by Sarasavi Publishers, and is working on his third poetry collection (The Many Constellations of Home). Dilantha’s pet areas of teaching and research, include, Nitrogen Fixation, RNA biology, Phytoremediation, Agricultural Biology, and Bioethics & Biosafety. Dilantha blogs at – -, where he has nearly 2000 poems.

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