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Hứa Hiếu | 541 (13)

Hứa Hiếu is an American-Vietnamese poet who 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

541.

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after a game of hide and seek

the birds shift their tired wings returned to the dark side of the mountain

I’m scrambling

to pick up the pieces of lost time

scrubbing them, hang them up, to after folding them neatly inside a draw called life

there, they quietly lay

a tumulus

I’m the same

the last page of the calendar

.

December 2020

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khi xong trò trốn tìm

lũ chim rủ nhau nghiêng cánh mỏi về sau bóng núi

tôi lụi cụi

gom tháng năm lưu lạc

giặt giũ, rồi xếp ngăn nắp vào tủ cuộc đời

ở đó, chúng nằm im

một huyệt mộ

tôi cũng thế

một tờ lịch cuối năm.

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Hứa Hiếu

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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