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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | same same (27)

Nguyễn Lãm Thắng

Born August 14th, 1973, writes under many pseudonyms: Nguyễn Lãm Thắng, Lam Thuỵ, Trà Thị Kim Xuyến and as a children’s author: Nguyễn Trần Bảo Nghi, Du Lãm, Nhật Quang, Nguyễn Trần Khải Tú…
Hometown: Tịnh Đông Tây, Đại Lãnh, Đại Lộc, Quảng Nam.
Bachelor of Arts and Literature at The University of Huế, 1998.
Master in Hán-Nôm, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, The National University of Hà Nội, 2011.
Ph.D. in Linguistics, The Faculty of Science, The University of Huế, 2014.

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 Nguyễn Lãm Thắng, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

same same

I put my wife’s leftover ginger tea in the fridge

it’s utterly chilled

I took a gulp of that chill

hot in my stomach

due to the ginger

reminds me of my sweet quiet wife’s unfounded jealousy

also did make

the insides of my stomach

a bit

bit 

by 

bit hotter

March 2021

na ná

bỏ vào tủ lạnh cốc trà gừng thừa của vợ 

lạnh ngắt

tôi uống cái ngắt lạnh đó

bụng nóng ran lên 

vì gừng

làm tôi nhớ đến cơn ghen thầm hiền khô tỉnh bơ như không của vợ tôi

cũng

làm cái bụng tôi 

nong nóng 

nong nóng 

&

nong nóng

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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