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Sấu Mã | DINING ROOM STILL LIFE AFTER SOME SHUFFLING (4)

Sấu Mã, the poet is a respected professor of literature from midland, 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 Sấu Mã, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

DINING ROOM STILL LIFE AFTER SOME SHUFFLING

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The vase didn’t fall

The glass didn’t break

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The apple didn’t roll-off 

Still drew a soft brown-red hue

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Not a crack on the bowl

Lucent

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The teapot’s spout unchipped and the set of six whole

Gravitating on the tray

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The ambient pure

Shadows of vague green foliage awash the white wall

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“Art or Politic”

Draw whatever. 

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April 2019

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TĨNH VẬT PHÒNG ĂN SAU XÔ XÁT

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Bình hoa không đổ

Kính không vỡ

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Quả táo chẳng lăn đi đâu 

Vẫn hắt một vầng đỏ nâu dịu dàng

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Vành bát không chút mẻ

Sáng bóng

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Ấm không sứt vòi chén nguyên sáu chiếc 

Xúm xít trong khay

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Không khí trong vắt

Tường trắng bóng lá xanh mờ

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Art or Politics

Vẽ gì chả được.

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11/5/2016

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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