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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | The ambitions of a woman who knows how to drink (215)

I was born 1971, Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. My family and I were a part of the first exodus of boat people after the Vietnam war. In March 1981, we settled in Sydney, Australia. I graduated with a bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. I have been translating Vietnamese literature for the past five years in my search to better understand my mother’s language and culture. My translations have been shared through blogging over the past year. I am still a registered pharmacist practicing in Western Sydney. I hope to continue translating, and continue to share Vietnamese art and literature, beyond borders on SONGNGUTAITRAM.
(July 2021)

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 
The moments of inspiration late at night
sir, forced me to think of you
 
you robbed me of my dreams
the ambitions of a woman who knows how to drink
 
gosh shut-up
way too long
 
 
Những cơn cảm hứng giữa khuya
buộc tôi suy nghĩ về anh
 
anh cướp hết những ước mơ của tôi
những khát vọng của một người đàn bà biết say
 
ôi câm
quá lâu nay
 
 
 
 
 
(November 2021)

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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