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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | Sydney lockdown to the end of August (182)

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm What do you do as you wait in the car, in line to test for the Delta strain? You translate poetry of course. Finding the voice of a new poet is a challenge often exciting when I’m open to it. But, I’m often blindsided by my experience or mere laziness […]

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

What do you do as you wait in the car, in line to test for the Delta strain? You translate poetry of course.
Finding the voice of a new poet is a challenge often exciting when I’m open to it. But, I’m often blindsided by my experience or mere laziness (this happens now and then) find myself oblivious to the errors in my translation. My heart breaks a little, but, the newly discovered knowledge is still a huge high.
I find translating LVT’s poetry on the other hand relaxing, it is probably the closest thing to meditation for me. The words tumbles around in my head, then settles on the screen like a jigsaw puzzle. As I translate his work, I learn how to breath again. We forget to exhale sometimes don’t we?
July 2021

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

There's magic in translating a body of work from one language to another.

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