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Nguyễn Man Nhiên | L o s t (1)

Nguyễn Man Nhiên

Born: 1956
Hometown: Nha Trang.

Currently is a Vietnamese poet, and digital artist in Saigon.

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 Nguyễn Man Nhiên, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

L o s t

if paradise ever were
layout in five rays of light

an angel in human form
a cut out from a Christmas card

a fallen star tearing
down a throat drowned in tears

_____

đ i l ạ c

nếu có một thiên đường
ở khoảng cách năm ánh sáng

một thiên thần trong hình dạng thiên đường
cắt từ tấm thiệp giáng sinh

rơi xuống đất như một ngôi sao băng
cổ họng đầy nước mắt

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

8 replies on “Nguyễn Man Nhiên | L o s t (1)”

“a fallen star tearing
down a throat drowned in tears”

I like this expression; thought-provoking to say the least lol. The scenario this writing illustrated was very interesting and kudos for the Translation 🙏😂

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NMN is a translator himself, but rarely writes in English. I can but it’s like me writing in Vietnamese, since my thoughts are in English.. I love his poetry but I rarely translate it, I fear he has his own English version in his head. Poets are sensitive people 🙃

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Hahaha thank you for this commentary; i appreciate the background information that you have provided and I totally agree with your thoughts about translating; if it doesn’t feel right to you then it’s better to digress than to regret 😂

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