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04/06/2020 IF EVER I HAD A COUNTRY: LXXXII - 82 143 Dramatic Monologue
03/23/2020 Villanelle: Alright Guys: Heave and Ho And let it go 102 Villanelle
02/09/2020 IF EVER I HAD A COUNTRY: LXXXI-81 160 Dramatic Monologue
02/06/2020 IMP-EACH-MENT-AIR-DITTY: IV 120 Limerick
01/29/2020 IMP-Each-Ment-Air-Ditty III 111 Limerick
01/14/2020 Imp-Each-Ment-Air-Ditty II 108 Limerick
12/17/2019 Imp-Each-Ment-Air-Ditty 105 Limerick
11/12/2019 Villanelle: Never political but spiritual the ancient Indo-Chinese pilgrim ties 229 Villanelle
11/09/2019 Beyond the Heart, the Head and the Soul reigns unsullied Belief 142 Sonnet
10/25/2019 Translation of Mat POKORA's Je suis tombe by T Wignesan 293 Dramatic Monologue
10/20/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG BREXITING FACE: XLIV 163 Dramatic Monologue
09/26/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE: XLIII - the Embalmed Mona Lisa under the Glass Pyramid 151 Dramatic Monologue
09/19/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XLII - 42 276 Dramatic Monologue
09/11/2019 IF EVER I HAD A COUNTRY: LXXX - Bang Bang Who Shot Me Down Like A Pariah Dog - Follow Up 322 Dramatic Monologue
09/04/2019 IF EVER I HAD A COUNTRY: LXXIX - Bang Bang Who Shot Me Down Like An Un-Licensed Dog 233 Dramatic Monologue
08/31/2019 UNQUOTABLE QUOTES: LV - Mind unwinding tweezers 178 Dramatic Monologue
08/25/2019 UNQUOTABLE QUOTES - LIV: Swatting flies in Buckingham Palace from the White House 128 Dramatic Verse
07/22/2019 IF EVER I HAD A COUNTRY: LXXVIII 344 Dramatic Monologue
07/17/2019 UNQUOTABLE QUOTES: LIII - Tongue Teasers 256 Dramatic Monologue
07/14/2019 UNQUOTABLE QUOTES: LII 52 - Tongue-Tweezers 332 Rhyme
07/12/2019 UNQUOTABLE QUOTES: LI 51 - Tongue-Teasing Epigrams 300 Dramatic Monologue
07/09/2019 UNQUOTABLE QUOTES: L 50 - Tongue-Teasing Epigrams 281 Epigram
07/07/2019 UNQUOTABLE QUOTES: XLIX - Tongue Teasers 173 Epigram
07/05/2019 UNQUOTABLE QUOTES: XLVIII - Tongue Teasers 164 Epigram
06/30/2019 THREE WAYS of Swiping the World Cup 234 Dramatic Verse
06/28/2019 UNQUOTABLE QUOTES: XLVII - Tongue-Twisting Epigrams 270 Epigram
06/25/2019 UNQUOTABLE QUOTES: XLVI - Tongue-Twisting Epigrams 199 Epigram
06/23/2019 UNQUOTABLE QUOTES: XLV - Tongue-Teasing Epigrams 260 Epigram
06/21/2019 UNQUOTABLE QUOTES: XLIV - Tongue-Teasing Epigrams 256 Epigram
06/18/2019 UNQUOTABLE QUOTES: XLIII - Tongue-Teasing Epigrams 215 Epigram
06/13/2019 IF EVER I HAD A COUNTRY: LXXVII 342 Dramatic Monologue
05/28/2019 Translation with Commentary of MAIS QUE DIEU ME PARDONNE by T Wignesan 145 Couplet
05/25/2019 Translation with Commentary of ON EST LES OUBLIES by T Wignesan 197 Free verse
05/21/2019 Translation with Commentary of a Wild West Classic: SUMMER WINE by T Wignesan 288 Ballad
05/17/2019 The Night Soil Man - Part One 411 Free verse
05/14/2019 Villanelle: If you haven't had that, what have you had 414 Villanelle
05/12/2019 Translation of THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND by T Wignesan 415 Elegiac Lyric
05/08/2019 ARE YE GOIN' TO MARRY THAT WITCH OF A DAME - Counterfeiting the CANTICLE by T Wignesan 247 Quatrain
05/03/2019 YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS DUMB - A Benign Parody by T Wignesan 251 Dramatic Monologue
04/29/2019 Translation of YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS YOUNG by T Wignesan 242 Ballad
04/25/2019 Translation of Roberta Flack's Killing Me Softly with his Song by T Wignesan 181 Ballad
04/21/2019 Translation of Those were the Days, My Friend by T Wignesan 258 Dramatic Monologue
04/17/2019 Villanelle: Who dares to doubt must he questions address Fate 226 Dramatic Monologue
04/12/2019 Translation of the COMPLETE VERSION of Scarborough Fair by T Wignesan 257 Dramatic Monologue
04/11/2019 Translation of the Canticle: Scarborough Fair by T Wignesan 174 Quatrain
04/10/2019 IF EVER I HAD A COUNTRY: LXXVI 297 Dramatic Monologue
04/08/2019 Translation of Pablo Neruda's IN YOU THE EARTH by T Wignesan 218 Free verse
03/31/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part IXL 226 Dramatic Monologue
03/26/2019 IF EVER I HAD A COUNTRY: LXXV 369 Dramatic Monologue
03/24/2019 A Self-Tutoring Translation of Rimbaud's Final Version VOWELS in Contemporary Terms 314 Sonnet
03/22/2019 A Self-Tutoring Translation of Rimbaud's THE VOWELS in Contemporary Terms 256 Sonnet
03/21/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XL 251 Dramatic Monologue
03/16/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXXIX 261 Dramatic Monologue
03/12/2019 IF EVER I HAD A COUNTRY: LXXIV 434 Dramatic Monologue
03/05/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXXVIII 224 Dramatic Monologue
03/04/2019 Translation of Marcel Moreau's A L'Amour by T Wignesan 281 Quatrain
03/02/2019 Translation of Marcel Moreau's: A Paris by T Wignesan 266 Quatrain
03/01/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXXVII 340 Dramatic Monologue
02/25/2019 Translation of Marcel Moreau's Je t'ecris by T Wignesan 400 Quatrain
02/25/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXXVI 326 Dramatic Monologue
02/22/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXXV 367 Dramatic Monologue
02/17/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXXIV 489 Dramatic Monologue
02/14/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXXIII 243 Dramatic Monologue
02/10/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXXII 350 Dramatic Monologue
02/08/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXXI 478 Dramatic Monologue
02/06/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXX 399 Dramatic Monologue
02/05/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXIX 270 Dramatic Monologue
02/03/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXVIII 348 Dramatic Monologue
01/31/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXVII 260 Dramatic Monologue
01/30/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXVI 376 Dramatic Monologue
01/28/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXV 364 Dramatic Monologue
01/25/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXIV 328 Dramatic Monologue
01/23/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXIII 289 Dramatic Monologue
01/22/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXII 439 Dramatic Monologue
01/20/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XXI 360 Dramatic Monologue
01/18/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XX 449 Dramatic Monologue
01/16/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XIX 256 Dramatic Monologue
01/16/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XVIII 353 Dramatic Monologue
01/15/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XVII 334 Dramatic Monologue
01/13/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XVI 243 Dramatic Monologue
01/11/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XV 276 Dramatic Monologue
01/10/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XIV 228 Dramatic Monologue
01/08/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XIII 338 Dramatic Monologue
01/07/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XII 408 Dramatic Monologue
01/06/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part XI 275 Dramatic Monologue
01/04/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part X 251 Dramatic Monologue
01/02/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part IX 366 Dramatic Monologue
01/01/2019 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part VIII 318 Dramatic Monologue
12/30/2018 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part VII 265 Dramatic Monologue
12/28/2018 Translation of Catherine Lara's Awesome Night by T Wignesan 158 Prose Poetry
12/28/2018 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part VI 245 Dramatic Monologue
12/25/2018 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part V 364 Dramatic Monologue
12/22/2018 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part IV 345 Quatrain
12/20/2018 Villanelle: Paint no colours on plain words lest the poet stops writing 231 Villanelle
12/18/2018 Limerick crochetes: Once Bull-Frog of a French Syndic - Part One 326 Limerick
12/15/2018 Villanelle: Should one reorder genuine vers libre entire 234 Villanelle
12/08/2018 IF EVER I HAD A COUNTRY : LXXIII - Continued 293 Dramatic Monologue
12/05/2018 Villanelle: Who lies to defend his kind tells he no White Lies 210 Villanelle
12/01/2018 My Recurrent Dream, Translation of Paul Verlaine's Sonnet: Mon Reve Familier 333 Sonnet
11/29/2018 IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part Three - Continued 269 Dramatic Monologue

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Batu Road school (Primary: One Year), Victoria Institution: (Secondary School: 3 years/ dropped out in the final year 1950).

Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees

School-leaving certificates (SC - 9 subjects : 1951, Grade One; Higher SC : 1953 (Cambridge University), General Certificate of Education: 4 A-levels, I O-level, 1955 (London University), Inns of Court School of Law (London : Certificate of Academic Standing, Bar Standards Board, 1953-56), Official School of Languages : 3rd Yr-Spanish Literature & Civilization (Madrid : 1970, APTO), Diploma in Hispanic Studies (Madrid : 1971, 7 subjects, Extraordinary Prize), Master’s in Spanish Literature (Madrid & Paris : 1972-73, Distinctions in all subjects/ Très Bien), M. Phil. (Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Bien) Doctorat d’Etat ès lettres et sciences humaines (Sorbonne-Pantheon ; 1983-87, Magna cum laude).


Manual labourer during WWII in Malaya and later in England and Germany; also as clerk and private tutor in English (to doctors in teaching hospitals in Madrid, 1967 to 1972), also in Germany and France. 

Ex-School teacher (St. Aloysius School, Vivekananda English School, Chung Hwa Middle School, Malaysia: 1952-1954; Colegio Claret, Madrid, Spain: 1968-69), Lecturer (Commonwealth Institute, London, England; European Division of the University of Maryland, Heidelberg, Germany; University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris, France: Master's and Doctoral Seminar),  Adjunct Professor (American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Paris) and Research Fellow with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS : 1973-1998).

Ex-Journalist ("Malay Mail", "Malayan Times", Malaysia : 1954, 1962), "Straits Times Press Group of Singapore", Foreign Correspondent, London, England (1964-65), "Guidepost", Madrid, Spain (1967))

Publisher’s editor : (Kuala Lumpur/London), 1961-64.


Tracks of a Tramp (a first collection of poems). Kuala Lumpur-Singapore : Rayirath (Raybooks), 1961, 44p.

Bunga Emas & Tracks of a Tramp. Kuala Lumpur: Silverfish Books, 2015, 287p.

Blind Man's Lantern: Poems that lash out, mock and rip into the dark. Allahabad:,2015, xxvi-860p.

the smell of piss an' shit in his pants: The vicarious memoir of a Vietnam War veteran. Allahabad: Cyberwit, 2015,120p.

Ice in My Eyes and Smoke in Yours. (Novel)    Allahabad: Cyberwit, 2016, 672p.

The Night Soil Man. (Novel)  Allahabad: Cyberwit, 2008, v-193p.

Rama and Ravana at the Altar of Hanuman: on Tamils, Tamil Literature and Tamil Culture. Chennai: Institute of Asian Studies, 2006, xiii-439p.

Poietics: Disquisitions on the Art of Creation. Allahabad: Cyberwit, 2008, 214p.

Etude comparée des littératures nationales et/ou officielles de la Malaisie et de Singapour depuis 1941. Lille: University of Charles de Gaulle (ANRT),1988 & 2006,1086p.

mere deaths and the mostly dead. (Short story coll.)    Allahabad: Cyberwit,2008,275p.

Sporadic Striving amid Echoed Voices, Mirrored Images and Stereotypic Posturing in Malaysian-Singaporean Literatures. Allahabad: Cyberwit,2008, xix-244p.

Victorian (pen-in-cheek)  Vignettes & Tales (not so tall)  of Timmy (the not so very polite)  Malaya Hall Cat in London. Allahabad: Cyberwit,2008, xv-207p.

The Thiru-Kural of Thiru-Valluvar: The Secular Yogi in the Temple. Allahabad:, 2017, 86p.

Asianists' ASIA.Vol. V. Ed. Allahabad: Cyberwit,2009, xii-185p.

Bunga Emas, An Anthology of Contemporary Malaysian Literature, 1930-1063. Ed. London : A. Blond and Raybooks, 1964, 272p.

The Journal of the Institute of Asian Studies (Millennium Number) , Vol. XVII,2. Guest Editor. Chennai: Institute of Asian Studies,2000, xii-174p.

Fire Readings: A Collection of Contemporary Writing from the Shakespeare & Co. Fire Benefit Readings. Co-Edited. Paris-Boston: Frank Books,1991,198p.  

The Tenant in the Body ( A Play in Two Acts). Allahabad:, 2019, (Forthcoming)

Founding-Editor : The Journal of Comparative Poietics (Paris), 1989.

Founding-Editor : Asianists’ ASIA (Paris), 2000.