Hứa Hiếu | a poet just passed (3)

Hứa Hiếu is an American-Vietnamese poet currently lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

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 Hứa Hiếu, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


a poet just passed

I ignited a cigarette

gone another poet just

into poetry I snuffed it out

the words ignited

a flutter of white butterflies blossomed

in bloom.


một nhà thơ vừa mất

tôi đốt một điếu thuốc

một thi sĩ khác vừa khuất

tôi dụi tàn vào thơ

những con chữ bỗng phát hỏa

đàn bướm trắng bay lên



October 2019



By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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