Vũ Trọng Quang | ONE & ONE (10)

Vũ Trọng Quang, the acclaimed Vietnamese poet currently lives and work in Saigon, Vietnam.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

By Vũ Trọng Quang, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm



One wave away from the two other

a vast gloomy grey garden

a star over shadowing another

a night dark without darkness


ignite from within the ice

the bright flames of a rose

a pair of anxious December swallows waiting 

for January to take flight


for instance like a fair embrace

locking in soft lips

the reveal of a venomous bite

the deep aching slither of the annual snake


the blankets and mats in spasm

one hand in a fist the other letting go

deeper the endeared 



January 2021





Người vẫy tay khỏi hai người

khu vườn rộng xám xịt

vì sao tắt vì sao

bầu trời đen không đen


nở từ nơi lửa băng giá

rực rỡ hoa hồng cháy bỏng

đôi chim én chậm chạp tháng chạp

chờ đập cánh một tháng một


ví dụ cánh tay ngà

vòng ôm cứng vòng môi mềm

lộ vết cắn rắn độc

sâu nhức lắm trườn năm Tỵ vờn


chăn nệm run bần bật

tay nắm xiết tay buông

sự hồ nghi yêu giấu




Vũ Trọng Quang


By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

9 replies on “Vũ Trọng Quang | ONE & ONE (10)”

Welcome. It means doing a poem for my blog as a guest post. We would email eachother and send a created poem through email then I would post it on my blog with your blog details. ❤

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That’s absolutely fine. Sure, just go to the connect page on the drop down menu of this blog and you can find my email. If you need a friend, I’m also here to talk to. ❤

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