Anne Ranasinghe and the torment of forgetting

Some write about remembering and the pain of remembering. Anne Ranasinghe, who died in 2016, wrote about forgetting. In her best poetry, as she informs us, she tries to forget, to get away. She could only tell us to live, even as those around us died. We didn’t always agree, but we didn’t have to. She was a poet. She had lived. We were the readers. We had not.