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Bùi Giáng | Goodbye (1)

Bùi Giáng (1926-1998) born in Thanh Châu, Duy Xuyên, the province of Quảng Nam, Vietnam. He passed away at Chợ Rẫy Hospital in Saigon, Vietnam. Self taught at a late age in life. The prolific poet and translator was fluent in French, English, and Kanji. With many published translations like Hamlet by Shakespeare, The Little Prince by Saint Exupéry, Campus…

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 Bùi Giáng, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

Goodbye

 

Oh old bare heart

Grasping at the wrong sky

Upon dusk the source of life

Came midlife doodling passed by

 

(December 2021)

__________

Từ giã

 

Người mộc mạc trái tim cũ kỹ

Vói hai tay bắt lộn vòm trời

Chiều qua mang một cõi đời

Đi về lẽo đẽo giữa đời đi qua.

 

(Văn, Sài Gòn)

 

Bùi Giáng (1926-1998) born in Thanh Châu, Duy Xuyên, the province of Quảng Nam, Vietnam. He passed away at Chợ Rẫy Hospital in Saigon, Vietnam. Self taught at a late age in life. The prolific poet and translator was fluent in French, English, and Kanji. With many published translations like Hamlet by Shakespeare, The Little Prince by Saint Exupéry, Campus…

 

Source: thivien.net

 

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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