Đình Nguyên | Black or White (2)

Đình Nguyên is an American-Vietnamese poet and a freelance photographer residing in the American Mid-West

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.



Nor spirit

by Đình Nguyên, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

Black or White


Nor spirit

There’s nothing to think about

When the incense is spent

The spirit is gone

We drink tea


Trắng hay đen

Chọn trà

hay chọn rượu

Không cần suy nghĩ

Khi cây hương vừa tắt

Rượu vừa hết

Ta uống trà

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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