Lê Vĩnh Tài | the leaning tower (64)

Lê Vĩnh Tài, an acclaimed Vietnamese poet, born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands, an acclaimed businessman in Buon Ma Thuot.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


the leaning tower
possibly the inspiration for a million poems
straight up
you must note the moment
the poem is leaning
it’s when the poem expires
tries to lean
to further the romance
tháp nghiêng
có thể là cảm hứng cho một triệu bài thơ
đứng thẳng
bạn hãy chú ý
nếu bài thơ bị nghiêng
vì lúc đó bài thơ bị hết hạn
nó cố nghiêng
cho thêm phần lãng mạn

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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