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Lê Vĩnh Tài | the young poet (34)

Lê Vĩnh Tài, an acclaimed Vietnamese poet, born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands, an acclaimed businessman in Buon Ma Thuot.

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 Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

.

the young poet

throws a poem

into the air

.

and waits there

for the tears

to fall

.

while in the old poet’s eyes

the mere ode

dripping 

in alcohol

ran

down the drain

down down

into the sewers…

.

January 2019

______

nhà thơ trẻ
ném một bài thơ
bay lên trời
.
chờ
rơi
nước mắt
.
trong mắt nhà thơ già
bài thơ
chỉ là
những giọt rượu
chảy
qua cống
xuống
mương…

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

6 replies on “Lê Vĩnh Tài | the young poet (34)”

[…] Lê Vĩnh Tài, an acclaimed Vietnamese poet, born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands, an acclaimed businessman in Buon Ma Thuot. Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in… — Read on songngutaitram.org/2021/12/21/34/ […]

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