Nguyễn Quý | In the darkness of a drunken night. (1)

Nguyễn Quý, the owner of Mando Wine, with the heart of a poet, lives in Buon Ma Thuot, West highland Vietnam.

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 Quý, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


And the morning is as cold as the century

The tiny hairs stood up in attention, quivering

Naked, because clothing is not an option

The clothes as they were abandoned on the side of the mountain

In the darkness of a drunken night.


(December 2021)



Và buổi sáng lạnh lùng như thế kỷ

Những sợi lông ngơ ngác đứng run run

Không mặc áo bởi vì không có áo

Vì hôm qua say rượu bỏ trên đồi.


By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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